The past few years of commercial architecture has seen some major steps towards a more modernized sustainable design. From tech-filled interiors to sleekly designed exteriors, we’re talking all things trendy.
Design Trend: Biophilic Design
What It Is: A biophilic approach to architecture bridges the gap between nature and commercial design. Biophilic architecture incorporates elements like natural lighting and ventilation, organic features, and natural textures and patterns.
Why We Love It: Maximizing natural elements in commercial design projects can help create a more productive and healthier environment for occupants. Not only is this refreshing for office spaces, but it can have significant benefits during cost vs. return breakdowns.
Design Trend: Sustainable Architecture
What It Is: As the emphasis on climate change continues making headway, commercial architecture does its part through innovative and sustainable features like eco-friendly systems, new technology, and more.
Why We Love It: Improving the environmental performance of a building is the foundation for a built environment that supports conservation and sustainability efforts. Water conservation, renewable materials, solar roof tiles and energy-efficient technology are features we incorporate into our design. The sleek design and energy-efficient components can help save on building costs over time and decrease the overall environmental impact.
Design Trend: Resimercial Design
What It Is: This term is commonly understood as the marriage of commercial durability with a residential feel. Architectural firms are now blending commercial design with elements that historically have belonged on a residential project.
Why We Love It: One of the most attractive features of resimercial architecture is that it helps employers attract and retain a vibrant workforce. It’s quickly becoming an industry-staple to incorporate areas for relaxation and collaboration on every project. These projects not only look great aesthetically but add much needed residential comfort.
Design Trend: Experience-Driven Rooms
What It Is: New on the commercial scene, experience-driven spaces provide occupants with added hospitality benefits. These rooms include areas dedicated to massage therapy, meditation, acupuncture, yoga studios, rock climbing walls, coffee bars, gaming rooms, and active spaces for corporate sports tournaments.
Why We Love It: Experience-driven architecture puts a focus on employees by enhancing their physical, emotional, and creative side. It aims to develop their overall wellness, cultivate happiness, and build a community among their peers while boosting morale.
Design Trend: Parking Structure Re-Design
What It Is: One of the most critical issues architects must consider during project design is planning for parking and the advances of technology in this area. As time goes on, the need for parking is shifting. Many people are now using public transit, ridesharing, bike networks or other alternative commuting methods. This calls for a shift in the design of the classic parking structure.
Why We Love It: A perk of being in the architecture-industry is developing designs that solve problems in an exciting and creative way. As the need for urban parking lots declines, it’s up to architects like us to find new ways of accommodating this transformation and ensuring our projects meet the needs of commuters in the workplace.
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