Throughout 2015, architects and engineers transcended boundaries and explored new ideas. While this year of design innovation has drawn to a close, 2016 is shaping up to be just as creative and interesting. Here are three up-and-coming trends to look out for over the next 12 months.
- Simple concepts
Architect Jim Meiklejohn told CBC News that 2016 will be all about streamlined, efficient and unabashedly modern aesthetics. He explained that open floor plans will continue to grow in popularity, as will clean lines. Glass will be frequently utilized, as it lends the fresh, transparent vibe that modern spaces require.
- Floating structures
While land-locked buildings will get significant upgrades this year, there will also be a significant shift toward creating floating structures, reported Blouin Art Info. The source explained that many cultures have long-standing traditions of creating water-based homes in canals and harbors, but this concept will start to enter the mainstream. Cities like Rotterdam and London have already started to explore the idea of creating floating buildings to add more space to their congested urban layouts.
- Integrated technology
Architects and engineers will also be harnessing the power of modern technology in their designs this year. Meiklejohn told CBC that many builders have already started to bring extremely innovative elements into their structures. A shining example of this is The Sanctuary, a building located in British Columbia, Canada that was created using smart glass. This feature allows tenants to lighten and darken windows by pressing a button. Another technological innovation that garage architects are adopting is electric car plugs, where drivers can recharge their environmentally-friendly vehicles.