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  • Writer's pictureAna Castañeda

Top 5 Architecture Construction And Design Trends Of 2021 Explained

Updated: Mar 31, 2022

It’s all about trends nowadays. Fashion trends, food trends, challenge trends, hashtag this, hashtag tag, and the world of architecture and design are no different. Sure, it’s far from being the fastest moving of industries from a day-to-day-internet-fad sense, but even after only a couple of years, there have been enough signs of recurring practices to show that an evolution of the discipline has taken place. And what’s best is that, unlike most internet fads, these recurrent elements of modern-day architecture stick for a reason, not just because of the whims of fickle popularity.

In architecture, trends stick thanks to a common ground found between practicality and aesthetics, a careful, delicate balance that not everyone can manage to pull off, and it is precisely these special confluences of the functionally good and the good-looking that I’m here to talk about today. The top 5 trends in architecture construction and design, that’ll be sure to stay as centerpieces of the industry for the years to come.

1. The Prominence of Monochrome and Accent Color Trends

Less, sometimes, is more, and such applies just as well to architecture’s modern trend of monochrome and accent color schemes. Following the principles of color theory, monochrome color design partakes in making a living space with just the varying hues of a single color, making the most out of living space with a minimalist, yet effective approach.

Often paired with the previous trend as well, is the use of accent colors: sparse, cleverly implemented shades added on top of a monochrome scheme. From furniture to smaller items such as cushions or even flowers, these “breaks” draw the eye and make the color harmony of your project pop out even more.

2. Exposed Steel Structures and Glass Blocks

Once seen mostly during your Sunday getaways at alternative lifestyle eateries, these strangely captivating choices in décor have found their way to everyday living spaces more and more nowadays, and it’s hard not to see why. Being a natural eye-catcher, these two pieces of unorthodox architecture serve as an embellishment that subconsciously amplifies the impact your home has on you and your guests. Of course, you do need to make sure their design fits the living space, both from a color scheme and spatial sense; otherwise, it’ll look like a grand-scale work in progress, so, yeah, keep that in mind.

3. Curtains as Space Divisions

Going with the trend of making the most out of what we’ve got, curtains have seen a resurgence not as light blockers, but as an ingenious tool to subdivide living spaces, and even larger projects as well. From splitting off the kitchen from the dining room to making a meeting room in a huge chunk of open space, curtains are extremely versatile, low cost-implementations that truly abide by the “less-is-more” trend of modern architecture.

4. Home Extensions and Public Space Repurposing

When a project is done, it’s done, right? Paintjobs and décor swaps are as far as you can take it, right? Well, not quite so. Home extensions are exactly what’s on the box, extensions of your living space. Got a large yard or more than a few square meters lying around? Maybe there’s something missing from your home, a certain niche not fulfilled by the rest of the place or a silhouette without oomph? Whatever the case may be, with a plan, and a seasoned hand, you can further expand on the project, filling out missing links, while embellishing the already existing parts of the building.

Following the same vein of using existing space and elaborating it, the reinvention of public areas has been on the rise as of late. The art of turning something best avoided or ignored into a place where the community can hang out on a Sunday really checks all the right boxes of socially conscious architecture and the minimalism trends of modern architecture.

5. Green Spaces, Interior Gardens, and Rooftops

What better way to cap off modern architecture trends than with the “going-green” motto. Eco-conscious projects have been a staple of the last few years, and they’ve only been getting more popular as time goes on. The ever-present green spaces, interior gardens, and green rooftops not only serve as amazing eye-openers for passersby and guests but as excellent spaces of refuge and relaxation from the, sometimes hectic, pace of everyday life.

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