If the year 2020 has brought anything positive, it has been an interesting reflection: on how we live and, above all, what kind of future we want to build. And architecture is a sector that cannot (and should not) remain on the sidelines of this evolution. In this sense, the architecture trends reflect these concerns and reflections. 

Therefore, the architecture that is to come will be more global, more ecological, more inclusive and will prioritize health. The emerging trends that will shape this 2021 have been building up these past years but it will be this year when they will become relevant and substantial for the architecture world.

The architecture trends 2021 reflect the changes around us and the path marked by two major transformations: the one caused by COVID-19 and the claim for a greener and more sustainable society. That is why we will see how open and green spaces, natural materials, simple lines and the decoration that encourages relaxation will be the greatest protagonists of the year.

In Decommunity we know first hand the news of the sector and we publish them through our account @_archidesignhome_. But today we have compiled the 7 big architecture trends for this 2021. Ready to discover them?

Architecture trends for the future

1. Exposed steel structures & glass blocks

In our journey discovering the latest trends in architecture, our first (and obligatory) stop is at the materials that will stand out this 2021. They are: exposed steel structures and glass blocks. 

Thanks to these metal structures, much more impressive buildings are achieved, with a modern and contemporary touch that is very much in line with current aesthetics. In addition, if the metal is seen inside the building, for example in the living room, you get a space with a very industrial character, also very much in line with the interior design trends for this year.

On the other hand, glass blocks are a very decorative solution without losing the necessary robustness, solidity and resistance. In addition, they offer advantages such as allowing the entry of natural light and their acoustic and thermal insulation.

2. The invasion of green spaces: a commitment to sustainability

The future of architecture is green and this new trend corroborates it. Sustainable architecture is essential to address a future in the sector that demands protection of our natural environment, infrastructure to be resilient to climate change and much more efficient buildings. 

Interior gardens, green fa莽ades & rooftops as well as automated systems that make homes much more intelligent, efficient and sustainable spaces and reduce consumption are some of the changes that this architectural trend is betting on. The so-called ‘passive houses’ will surely be at the top of the hit list as they are highly efficient buildings that aim to reduce energy consumption as much as possible.

3. Prioritizing health through design

Our third architectural trend is related to COVID-19. With the global pandemic, society is now much more aware of how their environment can affect their health, so there is a demand for spaces, buildings and constructions (both public and private use) that respond to this need.

The solution is incorporating more mitigation features, like sanitation checkpoints, natural ventilation, anti-microbial materials, transparent separation panels, and social-distance-incentivizing layouts. The pandemic, thus, will force a rethinking of spaces to make them healthier and safer.

4. Much more multifunctional houses that are open to the outdoors

Another of the new trends in architecture related to COVID-19. After the quarantine experienced in much of the world, it has been revealed that many homes were not prepared (or well designed) to accommodate family activity for 24 hours a day without work and family life becoming chaotic.

From this problem has emerged the trend to go for much more functional homes, which accommodate what we now know as the “new normal” and are much more suited to the new way of life around the world. Therefore, much more flexible, open, dynamic spaces will be demanded, with a clear tendency towards the exterior. 

Balconies, terraces and patios have been revalued after the quarantine and now these spaces demand to be useful spaces 365 days a year.

5. Hello to modular houses!

When talking about current trends in architecture we can not forget the modular homes. An aspect that has been gaining ground during 2020 and, therefore, a trend that is here to stay. 

Modular construction is no longer just an option for temporary housing and more and more architects and designers are considering this option for their projects because they get aesthetically visual buildings, they are much more profitable and last over time.

6. Architecture by and for people

Within the new trends in architecture we must also refer to the architecture related to the construction of the city. With the quarantine and the world stoppage caused by COVID-19, air pollution dropped to historic lows and this is the origin of this new purpose for the sector.

The aim is to achieve cities with cleaner air, quieter streets and more people walking or cycling, by building infrastructures designed by and for people. In fact, investing in this type of building (more parks, more bike lanes, more green spaces) has many benefits: lower costs, more public health and safety, greater tourism and leisure potential, and greater well-being of the community in general.

7. Restoration and rehabilitation of old buildings

The last of the latest trends in architecture for 2021 has to do with the rehabilitation and restoration of old buildings. Although it is not something new and has been going on for years, it is something we should pay attention to this year.

The reason is that rehabilitating or restoring old buildings is much more sustainable than building from scratch. In addition, it preserves a cultural and architectural value of the city while avoiding the destruction of rural areas for the creation of residential areas. 

In short, the architectural trends for the year 2021 seek, as a whole, to work towards creating a much greener, sustainable, safe, efficient and healthy world. How many of these trends will become a reality? Place your bets!