Architecture is a constantly evolving field. It is a unique creation of artistry and building. While many structures are simple and functional, a great many are abstract and inventive. There always seem to be new technologies, construction methods, and talented architects. Architecture is one of the few professions that has never remained static. It is the only occupation that mirrors the changes in the beliefs, ideas, and even religion of the society it embraces. It is truly a reflection of the development of society as a whole.
This century sees contemporary architecture as its prevailing style. No single trend is dominant and modern steel and glass skyscrapers tower over traditional structures. The style of the 21st century was modernism, and this style has carved its niche in contemporary architecture. Here is a list of the latest innovative styles in the world of architecture that are gaining popularity:
- Parametricism– a term coined by AR. Patrick Schumacher in 2008. This style is characterized by using parametric design programs to create structures that are created using parametric software and technologies. This style is based on the concept that all elements of the building are interlinked, and an outside influence that changes one alters all the others. Parametric buildings are all about mind-bending complex forms. This style combines aesthetics and functionality to create more dynamic and adaptable structures. Parametric software allows architects to give rein to their imaginations and design without constraints. ‘If you think it, you can create it” is the adage this fits in with. Keep a look out for this style in the upcoming years.
- Blobitecture– is a form of post-modern architectural style. It features curved and rounded building shapes, also known as “blobs.” These buildings have a free-flowing, organic appearance which can seem deceptively simple but are created using a wide range of materials and CAD design software.
- Digital Morphogenesis-The concept of morphogenesis has initially been derived from the field of biology and later applied to other fields like geology, geomorphology, and architecture. In the field of architecture, morphogenesis is often used as an inspiration for the built form as a representative, generative and transformative tool. Morphogenetic designs can sustain numerous functions at one, inspired by their biological counterparts.
- Deconstructivism– is a movement of post-modern architecture that translates to the disintegration or breakdown of a fully constructed building to create an entirely new structure. This movement was influenced by French philosopher Jacques Derrida who stated, “Architecture is nothing but one of many ways of communication.”
- Neo-futurism- is an avant-garde movement that draws inspiration from the future to create technologically advanced buildings. These buildings could resemble sleek skyscrapers, futuristic domes, or hi-tech cityscapes. This is an experimental style that challenges the rigid ideas of traditional architecture. This movement seeks to design unique, non-conformist structures using materials like glass, aluminum, and steel. The structures could be angular, curvy, convoluted, or minimalistic. There is no apparent restriction.
- Neo traditionalism- is a style of contemporary architecture. Neo-traditional buildings attempt to merge historic styles with modern marvels such as vinyl and mock brick, to create concinnity. This style aims to revive the traditional architectural style of the bygone era by borrowing popular design elements such as gable roofs, exposed roof rafters, etc., and planting them in modern structures. This style also seeks to invoke nostalgia by using traditional details in the modern context.
- Eco architecture- is also called” sustainable architecture.” This style aims to reduce the negative environmental impact of buildings in a planned, systemic manner. Eco-friendly technology, materials, and techniques are incorporated to create more environmentally conscious structures. It is encouraged to use energy generated through renewable sources such as solar panels and wind turbines, and materials like trass, linoleum, recycled glass, sustainably harvested wood, vermiculite, bamboo, and recycled metals in construction.
- Brutalism- is a style that emerged in the 1950s. Brutalism buildings are known for their stark, almost menacing appearance. It has also inspired other styles like industrial chic. This style is characterized by the use of concrete to create massive, monolithic structures. The term brutalism was derived from ‘Beton brut’ meaning raw concrete.
As you can see, architectural styles are unique and varied. They come into style and they go out of style only to return at a later date. Many have been popular in a time gone by only to make a comeback in modern days. At Scarano Architect, PLLC our work encompasses all styles of architecture. We do not limit our design creations and we are open to all possibilities. Check out our website where you will see the many architectural styles we have used in our many completed projects.