Because of the incredible and far-from-incremental advances that we see in technology today, our architectural needs are changing. Homes are becoming more interactive with technology, as well as become implemented with all sorts of techy stuff. Alexa, Amazon’s assistant for your home, has seen smartphone applications, TV applications, third-party drones, security camera integration, and the list goes on and on. With this having been said, it is evident to us that the architecture and styles that we once loved are rapidly evolving into the next generation of design. Here are the top five models, within architecture, for 2017. (Get a sneak peak at home trends for 2018)
1. The Invisible Building
The freshest, or should I say greenest, idea on the architectural block today would have to be invisible homes. Green enthusiasts are always looking for ways to ‘de-fancy’ their homes. This is evident to us not only because of the uprise in popularity of so-called ‘tiny’ houses but also the minimization of the interiors as well.
However, architects and scientists are trying to go even further down this path by introducing simple and plain facades for houses. Not only this, but the production of mirror-like substances as well as LED facings are meant to hide or reflect the home to blend it into its surroundings. Of course, all of these are still prototypes and are not locked to 2017 alone, but is something that is becoming more and more popular in recent years, and especially in 2017.
Alright, I understand; you think this is a joke. Timber? I mean, haven’t houses been built out of wood and timber for hundreds, if not thousands, of years? The answer is yes, of course. However, laminated wood is being produced more and more, and is being used in places such as Finland and other European countries to create entire apartment blocks and homes.
You might be asking yourself something along the lines of, ‘Well, what exactly is laminated timber?’ The answer to your question would be that laminated wood is a scientifically processed and engineered wood that consists of multiple layers of fiber. These layers are light, cheap, easy to produce, and better for the environment. They are layered or covered in chemicals to reduce its potential flammability as well as to increase its potential to retain warmth as well as keep out the biting cold.
3. Exposed Brick Walls
What once was fashionable then became urban, and from there receded entirely for over half a decade. Until recently. Having exposed brick siding or walls, usually unpainted, has made a glorious comeback in today’s modern architectural society. It is somewhat associated with the hipster movement and can be seen in houses, cafes, offices, and everywhere. It is popular and can be seen everywhere when you are in Freeport or Seattle.
As you know, precursors to the future of architecture are usually defined by what is going around, what is popular, and what is being built in our generation. These are just some of the new architectural fancies that are widely recognized as well as popularized in today’s society, and you can bet your bottom dollar that it will not be going away anytime soon!