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Architecture is as much an art as it is a science for bringing extensive visions to life in incredible buildings. Like every other art and creation, things come in and out of style. Innovation and new technologies set the industry standards. Let’s look into the top 7 trends in the architectural world in 2022 and what it means for the future of the industry.

Sustainable Architecture

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Sustainability has permeated into nearly every industry from cosmetics to cars. Architecture has experienced significant influence from this trend of sustainability as well. Many architects are incorporating elements and features that reduce carbon footprints and utilize more eco-friendly features and technologies to reduce impacts on the environment. These buildings aim to bridge the gap between comfort and harmonious relationships with nature. With renewable energy integrations, greenscapes, natural materials, and sustainable water systems, modern architecture is pulling out all the stops to help buildings take less of a toll on the environment. 

 

3D Printed Architecture

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Both firms and architects are incorporating the technology of 3D printing. The technology offers simplicity, efficiency, and innovation into the architectural world. It also offers opportunities for giving back to communities through inexpensive, quick, and easy buildings to house homeless. The technology offers efficiency and accuracy to make building infrastructure a breeze by removing the factor of human error prevalent in the construction process. 

 

Floating Architecture

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One of the more futuristic trends in the 2022 architecture landscape is that of floating architecture. It’s not news that climate change is resulting in rising sea levels and many see this trend as an adaptation to this issue. Architects and firms have already developed floating cinemas, greenhouses, and man-made islands with comfort and function as a main focus. Extending from this idea is the concept of the Ocean Community vessel as a way to extend the coastline and offer amenities and leisure for diminishing shores. 

 

Minimal Architecture

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Minimalism is by no means a new trend but it is absolutely prevalent in the 2022 architectural world. Minimalism combines simplicity and function with warmth and comfort for an appealing infrastructure. The incorporation of artistic angles, specific materials and lighting are the core elements for creating beautiful minimal architecture. Creativity is what sets minimalism apart in the architectural world as it calls for the necessity of using space in unique ways to achieve functionality and openness. 

 

Tiny Homes

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Tiny homes have been around for years but advancements in technology and creativity have made it a substantial trend in the 2022 architectural world. Tiny homes incorporate many of the other trends on this list include sustainability, DIY, and minimal architecture. Small spaces inherently provide cost-effectiveness, lower impact on the environment and high functionality in way less space. 

 

DIY Architecture

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With tiny homes, van-lifers, mountain cabins, and a general increase in DIY motivation since the pandemic, do-it-yourself architecture is one of the latest trends in the industry. There’s something about creating something with your own hands that makes it all the more special. With DIY architecture, people can build their homes with prepackaged materials cutting down on construction waste and excess materials. 

 

Wellness in the Workspace

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Wellness in the workspace often refers to company practices and treatment of employees but this also extends into the architecture itself. Creating spaces with wellness in mind offers better experiences, productivity, and morale in an office setting. Incorporating natural light, collaborative spaces, and an acute attention to the little things that just make a space better are some of the many ways architecture incorporates wellness into the workspace. T-Concepts features incredible layouts to facilitate workflow. From door handles to “soft-close” doors, T-Concepts offers architectural solutions for the small details that clients and workers love.