15 Aug Amazing Architectural Trends for 2018-19
Defining how we eat, sleep, work and play, architectural trends of the future are already beginning to make an entrance, with 2018 seeing a real shift in what was previously considered popular.
Regardless of structural function, architects and designers alike are constantly striving to deliver innovative, captivating and inspiring spaces, something which has forged the path for new and emerging architectural trends. So what are these new trends and how can we integrate them into our spatial designs? Let’s take a look at 6 of the biggest architectural trends for 2018-19, why they’re becoming so prevalent and how to emulate the core ideals.
Use of curvature in design has been espoused by some of Australia’s major players in the architectural space, so it’s no surprise that this illustrious trend has begun breaking through into mainstream design. With the intention of promoting seamless integration and spatial optimisation, use of curvatures in architectural design also offers an incredible aesthetic experience that both intrigues and captivates those exposed to and inhabiting the space.
In addition to architectural curvature integration, and taking this trend to the next level, fabrication of entirely circular structures has also grown exponentially in popularity. Traditionally employed by many of the world’s indigenous cultures, this historical trend is making its resurgence in a big way with some of the world’s largest corporations adopting a unique curved exterior for their headquarters. One line of thought behind this is that it encourages social interaction and collaboration in the workplace rather than segregating employees as has been customary in contemporary office spaces.
While industrial-style architecture has pervaded the design space in previous years, 2018 has seen a major shift to showcase more natural aesthetic experiences. Consistent with this re-emerging trend, architects and designers are opting for boastful timber, brickworks and creative use of environmental surroundings over the previously favoured combination of glass, concrete and metalworks. Utilising materials and colours prevalent in our natural surrounds, this architectural style promotes warmth and comfort, whilst also satisfying the innate human desire to be immersed in nature.
As well as creating a natural feel through clever use of colour and texture, this design style also encourages us to be more environmentally conscious and promotes use of sustainable materials and practices.
Contrary to traditional architectural styles centred around physical design, property and business owners are now largely focussed on how people will interact with these structures. What once was “how can we fill this space?” has shifted to “how can we utilise this space more efficiently?”
With the ever-increasing costs of living, paired with the excessive price to purchase land or property, we are being forced into a more creative way of thinking in order to utilise spatial constraints more effectively. To achieve this ideal, architects are aiming for simplified bespoke environments that promote multi-functionality and increased quality of living. This is largely beneficial in accommodating those who have been priced out of the market and require alternative housing or organisational options.
Whilst parametric design has been utilised by architects for a number of decades, the prevalence of this mathematical design style has grown and evolved significantly in recent times. Combining an eye for the past with a look to the future, this architectural process is based on algorithmic creation of parameters that outline, encode and elucidate the correlation between design objectives and design response. With advancement of computer technology, designers and architects alike are able to analyse and mimic complex forms and patterns derived from nature before applying them to strategic design plans and is now being employed through what is known as parametric urbanism.
BOLD USE OF COLOUR
Another emerging trend to keep an eye on is the changing way in which designers and architects implement colour. Combining both bold and neutral colours to create an emotional experience, contemporary design techniques / practices are seeing much more than a lick of paint on interior walls. Changing the emotional responses we experience, clever use of colour can incur both physiological and psychological reactions such as stimulating mental processes, encouraging creativity or promoting relaxation. With this growing trend, architects are now considering colour in every aspect of their design, from floors and skirtings to ceilings, beams, fixtures and beyond.
COLLABORATIVE ARCHITECTURE & DESIGN
Although not specifically related to a tangible design movement, an industrial trend is seeing traditional roles slowly shifting towards a more collaborative approach to architecture and design. Whilst working cooperatively with experts from various fields is not a new process, the need for collaboration is growing substantially in order to meet complex contemporary architectural requirements. As is evident through building information modelling (BIM), the need for specialist involvement is increasing comparably with architectural innovation. This means that, going forward, we are likely to see expert assistance from a range of industries increase.
At Scarchi & Boston, we’ve recognised the advantage of collaborating with both clients and field specialists in order to achieve maximised outcomes and thus have incorporated this into our operational approach. Through working cooperatively with these industries, combined with expert understanding of current trends, our team are able to utilise the knowledge, experience and proficiencies of all project collaborators to ensure cost minimisation and on-time completion whist producing sophisticated, stylish and innovative design solutions.