There is a shift in demand from simple orthodox gray buildings to more efficient and unusual buildings with unique styles that may be made from materials you did not even know existed. The priority is constructing buildings that have the least possible impact on the environment but have a high utility. Modern architecture is in the age of experimentation and architects are keen to try new materials and new designs as long as they are energy efficient and sustainable.
1 Weird is wonderful
The modern architect is pleased when you look at his building and ask what is that? The game changer in the architectural timeline was Frank Gehry’s Bilbao Guggenheim Museum in Spain. The building is praised for being exemplary in contemporary architecture and managed to unite critics, academics, and the public in its admiration.
The curves on the exterior appear random, but they are designed to catch the light. An example of how creative, unusual designs are fusing uncommon form with function. There are many proponents of the new age design. Philip Johnson describes it as the “greatest building of our time” and it has become an icon for the industry. In many ways, it paved the way for other architects to do whatever they wanted in terms of outlandish designs.
2 A collaborative approach
The public now demand one-of-a-kind buildings. To construct in this fashion, a collaborative approach needs to be undertaken with experts from different fields sharing their knowledge and skills. Take for instance the 9/11 Memorial in the United States which was the work of Michael Arad, an Israeli architect but he enlisted the help of a renowned landscape architect Peter Walker on the design which includes a forest of trees with two square pools where the Twin Towers once stood. Modern project teams can include social anthropologists and environmental scientists with an eye to making a sustainable and meaningful environment.
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3 Buildings of wood
The recent large scale availability of cross-laminated timber panels has triggered a surge in the construction of wooden buildings. This wood hybrid is stronger and more fire-resistant than old wood. It appears that raw materials are going back to basics too and rammed earth—an ancient technique— is also back on the cards. Proposed structures include a 100-story tower in London the Splinter and one in Stockholm that has a truly different facade.
- Blurred lines
According to a recent Google survey, 95 percent of smartphone users conduct online searches with about half of those people heading to visit a store within 24 hours. The design of shopping centers will need to adapt to this blending of online and offline retailing. In the future shopping centers will become tech hubs with free wifi and pop up notifications when customers enter a store. The internet of things which is the internetworking of physical devices will one day be able to offer you a fully immersive shopping experience.
- Comfortable offices
Millennials are motivated by different things than the previous generation. Fitting the workplace into employee’s lives is important. The younger generation loves open spaces and natural materials they also want to be able to walk or cycle to work rather than taking the car. Creating an environment where employees are happy to work in has become critical for attracting the best talent in the market. Colourful, spacious interiors are in, and the austere grays of the past are no longer in vogue.