Thursday, January 6, 2011

Design Predictions 2011 for Architecture

These are design predictions for this year for Architecture, compiled from all over the net, that are too good to just pass-up and not take notice:



  • The whole Home space will continue to incorporate work activity, satisfying family and work associates, architecturally, as a 'hub'. Unlike before that each room was separated with an enclosing wall, there will be less walls this time. Large multi-purpose rooms, rather than divided ones will be the trend. This trend also goes with the concept of incorporating work and family activities, creating a one, open, common area.
  • Economically speaking, another important aspect of the open area trend is: fewer walls, less construction, less materials, less expenses. 

  • Kitchens will combine eating and meeting spaces - bringing dining, cooking, meeting, and recreation all together in one large space - kind of like a home rendition of Google's office environment.
  • Kitchens will combine eating and meeting spaces - bringing dining, cooking, meeting, and recreation all together in one large space - kind of like a home rendition of Google's office environment.
  • The kitchen is the place to be in 2011. No longer does cooking, the chef, or whoever is doing the cooking remain isolated from the guests while meals are prepared. Family, guests, and business associates can feel right at home while they visit or brainstorm!

  • With the concept of Going Green, large or even huge windows will be very popular as the prime, natural source of day lighting. Artificial lighting will be recessed, hidden, or camouflaged into the lighting design.


  •  Still on the Going Green concept, another trend is more use of Solar energy. And Solar panels beautification. There will be more emphasis on creating new sustainable forms of energy, but in the design world, there will be an emphasis on beautification as well.
  • Who says solar panels have to be ugly just because they are? Now those seriously involved in sustainable design are thinking: make the panels pretty, that which can be incorporated in the overall aesthetics of the design, and more of it will be used..

  • Materials for building are going basic too - various kinds of cement, easily stampable with patterns, will be seen more interiorly.
  • Sustainable woods that are easily replaceable will be popular for walls, flooring and other uses, giving a more sensual look to geometrical shapes and minimalist design.











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