Architecture Trends for 2018 / by Fabian Behague


These Architecture Trends Will Shape 2018!

If you're a part of construction or design teams looking to build new locations in 2018, then you better get up to date on the latest architecture trends.

What are architecture trends that will shape how we build workspaces and facilities?

Architecture can affect our moods and impact society as a whole.

Whether you believe function follows form or form follows function, architects are looking to innovate and create inspiring environments every day.

These emerging trends will define how we live, work, and play for decades to come.

Keep reading to find out what they are.

Emphasis Beyond the Physical Space

A detail of the Apple Campus main building emphasizes the curved exterior of this unique design. Photo courtesy of Apple.

A detail of the Apple Campus main building emphasizes the curved exterior of this unique design. Photo courtesy of Apple.

For a long time, people looked at architecture as a building filling a void. There was a great focus on the physical space, without much vision as to how people will interact within the space.

There's a shift in thinking where organizations are more concerned with how people will use the space.

A great example of this type of thinking is at Apple. When Steve Jobs originally designed the new Apple campus, he used a unique circular design to foster collaboration. He believed that great ideas happened in spontaneous environments, and a circular design would create those random run-ins that can spark great ideas.

BIM & Parametric Architecture Trends

The use of BIM (Building Information Model) has gained momentum among architects, and builders. It's a 3-D based model that gives architects, engineers, and construction workers to manage all of the information of a project. These pieces can be managed before, during and after a structure is built.

Simply put, all assets of the building, both physical and functional are in a computer-based 3-D model. These assets are in one place for all parties to access. It allows for better and smarter collaboration between designers, engineers, and builders.

When firms started to use BIM, they didn't understand the technology's true capabilities, which lead to poor results. As more people are using and understanding the technology, the collaboration will be seamless.

Parametric architecture is also among the architecture trends that isn't brand new but is evolving. It's the perfect combination of technological advances and traditional architecture.

This form of architecture uses geometric shapes and algorithms that define the relationship between a design's intent and a design's response.

The trend indicates that this form of design will be used in urban environments, forming a new discipline within urban designs.

One of the most well-known designs is the Metropol Parasol in Seville, Spain, which was built in 2011.

Inspiring Use of Color

An orange staircase is an example of bold use of color in interior architecture. Photo by Gabriel Izgi.

An orange staircase is an example of bold use of color in interior architecture. Photo by Gabriel Izgi.

The latest architecture trends see projects are applying bold colors to the interior and exterior.

Architects are taking into consideration the color of every part of a building, from the color of the floors, the main construction materials, the walls, trim and doors.

Color can dictate how people interact with each other within an environment, and how they interact with the environment.

People have several responses to color at once. These responses can be biological, symbolic, stylish and can come from our personal experience.

For example, the use of orange in a building can be stimulating, lively, exciting and energetic. Orange can be warm if used on the walls, or give people an active sense if used on the floor.

The emerging trend in architecture is to use both neutral and bold colors in combination.

Architecture Extends a Company's Brand

Architects are using a company's product line to create the interiors of buildings. That reinforces the company's identity and penchant for innovation.

They take into account the brand story of the company and what makes that company stand out from the competition.

They also take into account a company's reason to exist and transform that into a physical space.

These applications can extend from corporate headquarters to retail locations. Going back to the example of Apple, the company headquarters and the retail locations reflect the brand.

It's unmistakable due to the brand's minimalist design, clean look and lack of color. You'll know when you're in an Apple location and when you're not.

Complete Approach to Design

Both clients and architects will focus on the bigger picture, considering the surroundings, the environment, and the function.

This requires builders, and designers to consider every detail of a space. That includes how a certain view will look from every angle.

This starts with the architect working with the client to determine the goals of the building. They also determine what the message and feelings the building are to convey.

Then they work on a design that takes that into account, along with the users, the natural environment, and the community.

Collaborative Approach to Design

Architecture firms see themselves as a partner in design. Not only with the client, but with the builder and the user.

On our projects, we work with clients as well as communities and tenants to ensure our designs are user-friendly.

As we've already seen with BIM modeling, collaboration is the wave of the future. What we're beginning to see is that as design becomes more innovative, the need for specialists increases.

This is especially the case since new technology, social and environmental demands increase from clients and users.

Architects will work with specialists such as physicists, social anthropologists, and environmental scientists to spur further innovation.

The Role of Architects Will Shift

Traditionally, architects have been licensed professionals who are tasked with the design of buildings that adhere to safety standards, are functional, sustainable, and aesthetically pleasing.

They are involved in the planning, design, and construction phase of a building project.

A study commissioned by the Royal Institute of British Architects found that the role of architects will change dramatically by 2025.

For example, in the UK, the demand for architects has dropped since 2008. This is forcing architects to offer services that go beyond the physical building.

Specialization will also become a trend in architecture. As projects become more complex, firms will bring in social anthropologists and environmental scientists to play active roles in the design of structures.

Architecture Trends Define the Future

When it comes to commercial architecture, it's more important than ever to take into account the stakeholders, environment, and community.

At ARTEFACT studio, we work collaboratively with clients to create spaces that add value to users and organization's bottom line.

We have a wide range of architecture, consulting, and interior design services.

Contact us today about your project.