Architecture and commercial construction have evolved over the years, and they are still changing. Each year brings some new materials, layouts, and designs that serve to fulfill our needs better. So, if you want to learn more about what’s new in the field, or if you could use some inspiration for your own space, here are a few architectural trends that are popular this year.
Combining the indoors with the outdoors
Open-plan living has become very popular in the last few years, and it continues to be so this year as well. Blending indoors with the outdoors can be done in many different ways, and it provides you with numerous possibilities – if done right. It’s usually achieved by using large walls that can be folded away, which leaves only the roof above. Of course, this does require a bit more advanced engineering, but the results are more often than not very stunning. Also, by using materials that are similar, for both the exterior and the interior, you can create a seamlessly connected space that would allow people to enjoy their environment to the fullest. As for the practical application, this trend is mostly used for restaurants and buildings that do operate both indoors and outdoors.
More flexible workspaces
Another trend that is continuing from the previous year is the flexible workspace. It’s not a secret that your environment can affect your productivity, which is why people are starting to care more and more about their offices. For example, the open-plan workspace has gained popularity some years ago, but research has shown that it alone is not always the best idea. Not everybody is an extrovert who likes to be surrounded by other people at all times – some people do prefer working in the privacy of their own office. So, the new trend includes giving employees the option to choose the environment that suits them best by building different work zones. Some of the zones would be perfect for team activities, some would be all about computers and other technological advancements, while some would be best for those who need peace and quiet.
Playing with lights
Lighting is no longer purely functional – now, it also serves to emphasize certain architectural aspects, to spice up the overall design style, or to simply improve the mood. However, for that to happen, you need to choose options that are a bit more versatile, so they can actually fit into any modern design. For example, LED lights are always a good choice – you can use them both indoors and outdoors, they come in many shapes and sizes, and they can save you money in the long run. If you’re not sure how you can incorporate them, you can visit Frankfurt’s lighting fair and find lots of inspiration there.
Displaying your brand identity
A great way to show the world who you are is to use your brand colors when decorating your workplace. Of course, that only works if the colors in question are not too bright or vibrant. If they are, you can still incorporate them through some smaller details, but there are other ways to customize your workplace too. For example, if you own a retail store, you can display your logo throughout it, or you can use wall decals to showcase your business message or brand motto somewhere where it can be seen from the entrance. This would provide your employees with a boost of motivation the moment they enter, and your customers would see what you’re all about right away.
Eco-conscious spaces are becoming more popular – and more important – than ever before. Moreover, the pollution of nature is very visible in the field of construction too; all the waste is not always properly disposed of. Considering the rising importance of preserving nature, those who can make the whole process more eco-friendly are also more likely to advance in the industry. The same goes for actual buildings – there are many ways to make any building green, from using sustainable materials to installing water-saving fixtures. Everything that uses energy needs to be more efficient, and even the positioning of the building matters. With all that in mind, it’s safe to say that this is a trend that is likely to stick around for a long time.
Since people are becoming aware of the importance of nature, working while surrounded by it is getting more desirable every year. Such an environment has also shown to reduce stress and anxiety as well as boost creativity and productivity. This is especially noticeable in urban centers where leaving your home is not enough to experience actual nature. Some ways of incorporating this biophilic design into your office include installing bigger windows so you can get more natural light, adding indoor foliage and water fixtures, and even planting trees in the reception areas.
These are just some of the trends that are likely to flourish this year. The field of architecture is constantly changing though, so we are yet to see which designs are here to stay and which will continue being adjusted to the needs of employees and customers.
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