Architecture Trends In 2020
Change in Architectural trends may not be as easily recognized as those in other areas of design, such as fashion or art, but that does not mean the world of architecture is standing still. Every once in a while, there is a major shift in architectural styles, but usually change is a slow, gradual process.
With that in mind, let’s take a peek at the trends in architecture and building design that are dominating 2020.
It is hardly an uncommon occurrence anymore, but year after year, many homes up and down the country come under attack from the elements, causing devastation to countless dwellings. Architectural practice in Dallas, TX, is responding to the harsher changing weather conditions, designing properties that are able to respond to the changing environment.
Even those skeptical about climate change are able to see the benefits of environmentally friendly design. With energy bills continuing to rise year on year, we are reaching a point where people can see real value in energy conservation. And, of course, with eco-friendly designs, architects can help make those occupying the building more comfortable and healthier by indoor air quality enhancements, increased connections to the outside environment, improved acoustics, and introducing more sources to daylight.
While glitz and glamour used to be very popular architectural features in the past, more homeowners in 2020 are opting for a more honest form of architecture and having interior designs that focus on clean lines, little to no embellishments, and natural finishes. This “architectural honesty” of minimalism is certainly one of the leading architectural trends of this year.
Previously limited to grand mansions and office buildings, glass is quickly becoming a core design and structural element in many Dallas homes this year – and for good reasons. For one, it looks spectacular. Secondly, it facilitates natural light and makes the space look roomier. Lastly, glass is not really expensive or fragile (as most people think), and it is fully recyclable.
With house prices at an all-time high in 2020, a stagnant market and difficulties in the financial markets, many people are going to be unable to move. As a result, more and more people are looking to make the most of their properties. No wonder why home extensions or conversions are a trending architecture and design trend this year.
Home extensions can add vital extra space to accommodate growing families, while adding value to the home. With the possibility of relaxed planning laws on the horizon, we could also see more creativity in house extension designs. Rather than trying to make the extension blend into the existing building, we could see “honest” extensions, constructed of more modern or eco-friendly materials.
This is a continuation of what has been happening for a long time. Particularly in the current economic climate, more and more people are moving into cities like Dallas, TX, to find work. The increase in the demand for homes within area’s where space is already at a premium… and that continues the trend of home sizes shrinking.
This year, we are seeing more old, unused buildings being converted into flats and apartments, and older, large houses splitting into studios. There is also an emphasis on the creation of affordable homes. This includes townhouses, mid and high-rise blocks, to make use of every square inch of the available space.
Preserving Built Heritage
While architectural trends will always move forward, we are also retaining an interest in the past. The historic architecture provides a vital link to that past while also adding character to our towns and cities. The strong desire to conserve our heritage (at least in terms of architectural design) has definitely been an important consideration for 2020.
Hectic modern lifestyles, long opening hours for shops and offices leave little time for maintaining buildings. Architects have long recognized the need for efficient building materials that are also low maintenance, and this trend is still “hot” in 2020.
Many people do not want to have to keep upgrading the exterior of their property, so the use of durable materials is the way forward. Low maintenance also applies to other areas of the home, including constructing easy to maintain gardens that fulfill a function to homeowners without becoming an unnecessary burden.
Just as the famous fashion shows in Paris, New York, and Milan bring out the chic part in all of us, when we come to talk about home architecture, the design frenzy takes over the minds of all those who enjoy having a comfortable and fancy home. One thing is for sure: the new visions of home architecture will undoubtedly revolutionize your house and make you the fanciest house-owner on your street.
If you want to incorporate the latest design and architecture trends in your home, DBA Architects is here to advise and execute. We have over 200,000 buildings to our name, and we have been in the architectural business since 1989. Contact DBA Architects today for a free consultation! Also, please visit our blog for additional architectural input.