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  • Writer's pictureJustine Rowbotham-Belot

2024 Architecture Trends

Here are the top 4 influences having impact on architectural design in 2024.


Sustainable & Energy Efficient   

Sustainability and energy efficiency is not a new concept, however by 2030 all new builds must be carbon-neutral making this a mandatory shift in design. Architects and builders are now exploring a wide range of sustainable materials, such as recycled steel, bamboo, cork and recycled plastics to reduce the environmental footprint of new structures.


This shift towards sustainability is not only beneficial for the environment but also presents significant economic opportunities, as green construction practices can lead to cost savings and job creation.  

The Insignia Private Residences, onespace unlimited inc.


Architects utilize a variety of methods and technologies to lower energy usage and decrease dependence on fossil fuels. These range from basic design principles like building orientation and ventilation to cutting-edge solutions such as solar panels, geothermal heating, and intelligent building automation, thus reducing carbon emissions and operational costs.  


As we move closer to 2030, the collaboration between governments, industries, and individuals will be crucial in achieving this vision of a greener, more sustainable world.  

 

Adapt and Renovate   

Alongside Bill 23, the “build more homes” bill; this trend is designated to reduce, reuse and recycle pre-existing buildings in order to serve multiple purposes. Alike our re-envisioned project The Imperial Plaza, Architects are being tasked with the responsibility to re-imagine old buildings which may no longer serve a primary purpose and designate them for other intentions. For example, an old office building turned into a residential condominium.   


Architects utilize this concept when renovating old buildings to reduce the environmental impact, preserve resources, and promote community revitalization. Through this approach, they minimize waste and energy consumption, while also honouring cultural heritage.  

The Imperial Plaza, onespace unlimited inc.


Smart Architecture   

This goes beyond your standard Alexa. The integration of smart technologies in architecture advances design by creating dynamic buildings through sensors, data analytics, and automation for adaptable spaces based on environmental factors, user interactions, and energy efficiency.   


These technologies work together to boost comfort, efficiency, and sustainability. This not only enhances the functionality of buildings but also creates a more interactive and personalized experience for occupants. By integrating smart sensors, automated systems, and data analytics, modern buildings can now adapt to the needs and preferences of their inhabitants in real-time. For instance, lighting systems can adjust brightness based on natural light availability and occupancy, while heating and cooling systems can modify temperatures to optimize energy use without compromising comfort.  


Furthermore, the use of renewable energy sources, such as solar panels and wind turbines, complements these smart technologies, reducing the carbon footprint of buildings. In addition, advanced water management systems can monitor and reduce water usage, ensuring resources are used efficiently and sustainably.  

 

Biophillic Design  

Representing a holistic approach to architecture and urban design; biophilic design aims to soften the negative impact of urbanization or “the concrete jungle”. Incorporating a stronger presence of nature reduces stress and anxiety while promoting health, creativity and a fresher landscape.  


 Design methods integrating nature into architecture include:  

  • Natural light exposure through windows and skylights  

  • Indoor greenery like living walls and plants  

  • Water elements such as fountains or ponds  

  • Use of natural materials like wood and stone  

  • Incorporation of organic shapes and patterns inspired by nature in biophilic design  

Nav Sha project, onespace unlimited inc.

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