The 5 Architectural Designs that Defined 2016


The 5 Architectural Designs that Defined 2016

Looking back at 2016, we can see major trends in architectural design. Click here to learn the 5 architectural designs that defined 2016! Enjoy!

In 2014, The Huffington Post put together a list of futuristic architectural designs. The list includes rotating skyscrapers, indoor parks, invisible architecture, and so on.

Are we closer to realizing the architecture of the future? Let's look back at the architectural design trends that defined 2016.

The 5 Architectural Designs that Defined 2016

1. Prefabricated homes

Prefabs or prefabricated homes are "specialist dwelling types of prefabricated building." Unlike traditional homes, the materials are manufactured off-site in advance. This is usually done in standard sections that can be easily shipped and assembled.

We saw a lot of architects and designers creating cost-efficient and sustainable housing in 2016. Thanks to modular building techniques, building prefabs has become easier.

Take a look at some of the coolest prefabs around the world. (Can you say, "prefabulous?")

2. Shou sugi ban

Shou sugi ban is an ancient Japanese technique that preserves wood by charring it. Traditionally, Japanese cedar (Sugi) was used. But in today's practice, other species of wood such as oak, pine, douglas fir, and western red cedar could be used.  

Shou sugi ban is a time-consuming process that produces wood that can resist fire, rot, and insects for up to 80 years. It has been used around the world to blacken the cladding of hotels, houses, pavilions, and studios, as well as in artwork and furniture.

The Hofer Pavilion is an excellent example of shou sugi ban or charred timber structure in northeast Belgium.

3. Super-slenders 

One of our favorite architectural designs, super-slenders are a new generation of skyscrapers. They are 50 to 100 stories high and characterized by super tiny 45-feet-wide footprints. 

Engineers coined the term slenderness to describe a structure with 1:10 or 1:12 ratio (width to height). 

Check out the spindle-thin towers in New York.

4. Sustainable architecture

Green architecture is nothing new. You can trace Its history all the way back to London's Crystal Palace (1851) and Milan's Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II (1877). These used roof ventilators and underground air-cooling chambers to regulate indoor air temperature.

It exploded in popularity in the early 2000s and continues to be a standard in architecture and design.

But do the terms 'green' and 'sustainable' mean the same thing? Not always.

A building may be green but it doesn't always mean it's sustainable. For a structure to be sustainable, it must "fulfill the social, economic, and other requirements of present and future generations."

Have a look at these buildings that are notable for their innovative, sustainable designs.

5. Building information modeling (BIM)

Last year, we saw more owners requiring building information technology (BIM) to improve productivity and reduce rework. 

BIM is a trend that has been growing for years. It offers the ability to provide more consistent, more accurate, and less time-consuming project document generation. As a result, BIM has become a necessity, especially for bigger projects. 

Here at DesignBlendz, we use BIM technologies to get a complete understanding of all components involved during construction. We use BIM for residential, mixed use multi-family, apartment buildings, hospitality, senior living, or entertainment building types. 

Are you interested in implementing 3D data into your architectural process for your next project?

We would love to help. Contact us now for more information.

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