The Design Trends Set to Dominate Architecture

Posted on: 5 April 2017

Like clothing, hairstyles and music, building design has trends that come and go, gradually shifting over time to become characteristic of a certain period. Unlike fashion and entertainment, however, architecture is usually fairly permanent, so there's a tendency for designers to strive for timelessness while remaining distinctive and up-to-date.

Because of this, building design trends evolve more slowly than others, and you won't normally see such dramatic changes from one year to the next. If you look closely, though, there are differences that you might notice. Here are some of the things to expect in the latest cutting-edge designs.

Brick walls

Good old fashioned bricks started to make a comeback in 2016, and this is only set to get stronger as it continues in the next few years.

There seems to be a trend towards more classic materials in general, perhaps as a reaction to the increasing modernisation of society, and brick has been at the forefront of this. The nice thing about brickwork is that it can be used in a building designed in a contemporary style to give a hint of tradition and create a warmer overall look.

Built-in tech

The internet has invaded pretty much every corner of people's lives, especially in more recent years as its capabilities have increased and ever more devices and objects become connected. The much-discussed 'internet of things' is at hand, so it shouldn't be a surprise that this year is seeing increasingly connected homes.

With newer buildings, the designs can incorporate internet connectivity in their very cores, and this is a feature that isn't likely to go away anytime soon.


In contrast with increasingly tech-filled buildings, there's a trend towards ultra-simple design that provides a true getaway from the online world.

Even if it's just part of a house, people are beginning to see the benefits of a more old-fashioned design that's perfect for relaxation.

Transformable interiors

Of particular use in big, population-dense cities, transforming rooms can really make the most of the space available. A small apartment no longer means you have to compromise on what you can do, as all sorts of features and furnishings can be built to hide in walls or transform their purpose with ease.

Natural materials

In a similar way to brick re-emerging, materials like wood and cork are also rising in popularity once again. In this futuristic age where anything is possible, it seems people are beginning to realise how much they miss the way things were.

For more information on building design, contact a company like Bill Jacobs Pty. Ltd.