In architecture, new building technologies and materials take years to design, develop and
perfect. As a result, many architectural trends remain relevant every year, but the way in
which they can be applied evolves along with the latest technological advancements.
All trends inevitably stem from the same place: human behaviour. The question is therefore
not “What is trending in architecture?”, but rather “What do people care about with regards to
the built environment?”
Space, storage, adaptability, climate change resistance, sustainability, cost, well-being and
intentional living are the key things people think and care about when it comes to choosing
or building a home.
Many of these are encompassed in our top 5 trends for the year ahead:
1. Circular Economy
Circular Economy means “an economic system based on the reuse and regeneration of
materials or products, especially as a means of continuing production in a sustainable or
environmentally friendly way.” 1
It is important that the building industry joins in the movement towards minimising waste. A
great place to start is by opting to use eco-friendly and sustainable materials, particularly
natural materials such as earth, cork, bamboo and wood.
A new, trendy natural material is hempcrete blocks, which are made from the woody bark of
the hemp plant. This plant sequesters more CO2 from the atmosphere at faster rate than
bamboo for example, and it requires less space in which to grow.
2. 3D-Printed precision
In situations where high precision is required, 3D-printing technology has become a
favourable solution. Apart from requiring less labour, this technology also ensures less
waste, and a reduced carbon footprint (as items can be printed anywhere in the world),
making it a financially feasible and sustainable solution.
3D-printing can take walls to the next level when it comes to curves and textures, creating
quite the sensory experience.
3. The modern farmhouse
The modern farmhouse has been around for years. This is because it is so incredibly diverse
and can accommodate anything from simplicity to sophistication, and everything in between.
From minimalistic cement floors, exposed wooden beams and clean lines to over-the-top
rustic, vintage and even kitsch. With this style, anything goes and it affords the homeowner
the opportunity to make it their own.
4. Biophilic Urbanism
This year and beyond, biophilic design, which means reconnecting humans with nature, will
become all the more crucial in architecture. The reason for this is simple: humans need
nature to thrive. In an urban setting, this is even more paramount because in order to build
cities, nature is displaced. Biophilic Urbanism brings nature back into our cities with
courtyards, green roofs, green walls, green balconies and designs bursting with natural light
and energy efficient airflow.
Apart from improved air quality and enhanced well-being, Biophilic Urbanism can help to
lower temperatures in our cities in order to combat the Urban Heat Island Effect.
5. Viva Magenta 18-1750
This year’s Colour Pantone is Viva Magenta 18-1750. A vivacious and powerful colour from
the red family, which resembles fearlessness, joy and optimism. As this colour is rooted in
nature it can be brought in as subtly or as full-on as the homeowner desires. From the
garden to a statement wall or accent staircase and even as part of the home’s facade – this
colour can fit in anywhere.
The studio at Veld Architects is buzzing. We are beyond inspired to make 2023 the best yet.
We have magnificent projects to share and look forward to implementing some of these
trends. As an architecture firm our core beliefs will drive us ahead. We will therefore be
focussing more on biophilic and regenerative design in the year ahead.
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