Just like in clothing and music, fashions in architecture change over time. The UK has preserved and maintained much of its architecture, meaning we can actually see changes in style take place through the centuries. Sometimes fashions transcend time and place and become iconic – and valuable. It’s no secret that Victorian terraces are often preferred to new builds, for instance. In this post, we take a look at what’s fashionable in architecture today, and what tomorrow’s buildings might look like.
The most fashionable homes being built today are those which take advantage of green technology. High-end consumers want a property that’s as close to self-sufficient as possible, including equipment like solar panels and even small wind turbines.
In addition, we will also see more and more buildings constructed using recycled materials, with wood particularly in favour when it comes to interiors. In terms of aesthetics alone, it feeds into a popular need for authenticity. Old beams lend style to a new build that might otherwise feel hollow.
House owners are increasingly concerned about how well their homes will hold up under more extreme weather conditions. To this end, one new trend in architecture is to use more durable building materials, including insulated concrete wall panels, especially in countries like the US where many homes are typically built from wood.
In a slightly different vein, interiors need to be adaptable to changing lifestyles, using “universal design” to provide a living space that can be changed depending on who’s using it – and what they’re using it for. This will become more and more prevalent as the population continues to get older, and ease of movement is considered over what might be aesthetically pleasing.
We’ve touched on the subject of 3D printing in architecture before, but our focus was on using this tech to produce house parts for quick assembly. 3D printers might also be used for the inside of homes and commercial buildings too, as mentioned in an article by Katherine Brooks for @archdaily:
“Forget interior decorators, the future of indoor design will be run by 3D printers. We have architects Michael Hansmeyer and Benjamin Dillenburger to thank for introducing us to this concept. The two pulled off a three-dimensional printing feat to rival them all just last year. As part of the project “Digital Grotesque,” the duo 3D printed an entire room, creating a 16-square-meter cube adorned with unbelievable ornamentation that looks like it belongs in a futuristic cathedral.”
It’s possible that smart tech will become ubiquitous over the next decade, and this is already beginning to have an impact into the way we design our homes. Wireless charging, wireless routers for internet and even wireless light sources may mean that having actual electrical wiring in your walls is a thing of the past.
That being said, this may be a fashion trend or it may be something of a fad – at least in its current form. This is because of security issues surrounding smart technology, combined with the feeling of being monitored or that smart tech intrudes in our lives.