Trends come and go. When it comes to your home, however, you’ll want something that lasts you a long time. That’s why if you’re going to jump on a trend, try to make sure it fits you and the people you live with. This is why being able to tell an actual trend and a fad can help save you on unnecessary spending. While fads are normally hype-driven, trends arise as alternatives or developments of the status quo. Given this, let’s take a look at some architecture trends to consider for your new home.
While there are several trends to be looked into, we wanted to look at the core rationale behind each one. As a result, we found that there are 3 general themes with these trends: blurred boundaries, personal sanctuaries, and sustainability.
The open space concept has been around long before Google made it cool. American architect Frank Lloyd Wright designed open space homes and offices in the early 20th century. His designs had openness and freedom in mind. (Vox has an excellent video on this.)
Today’s open spaces have communication, collaboration, and cost-minimization in mind. This minimalism-inspired approach to borders makes spaces more flexible while minimizing costs on partitions. In addition to this, open spaces can help increase resale value because buyers won’t have to demolish existing structures when renovating.
Besides minimizing the need for borders, they give a sense of wholeness to a space. The lack of obstructions creates a feeling of spaciousness. In a home setting, it means spaces are more flexible. Here’s one example: while the kitchen was once hidden away, it’s now become a space of spectacle. For people who can cook, they can now entertain guests while preparing meals for them.
Of course, the more introverted might not like this setup. While having a living room, dining room, and kitchen that are seamless might seem appealing, privacy takes a hit. Some people might want their partitions between spaces for privacy and so that they can focus on their activities. While it might work for people who live alone, people who live others should think about it thoroughly.
Overall, the open space trend in architecture has a fair mix of pros and cons. It maximizes the feeling of space in a home and provides a sense of free-flowing wholeness. However, the tradeoff is that there can be less privacy within a home.
For some people, a home should be more than a shelter. It should be one’s abode, one’s space, and one’s domain. Because of this, people craft their homes to fit their lifestyle. As a result, we see people bring gyms, yoga studios, and spas home.
Things like an MMA cage or a sauna at home might seem (awesome but) excessive, the driving force behind these is wellness. It’s all about being able to care for one’s well being at home. While they might seem expensive at first, there are more economical options to help save in the long run.
Those concerned with fitness can get exercise machines or free weights. The more combat-oriented can hook up a punching bag. Meanwhile, the more peace-loving can invest in a yoga mat. Those who regularly get stiff muscles might like to invest in a massage chair. One doesn’t necessarily have to dedicate a whole room to the activity off the bat. However, it’s something to be considered depending on interest, budget, and practicality.
Going to a commercial gym or yoga studio is a great way to get started on personal fitness. They aren’t threatened by this trend in the least because the point is not to supplant them but to decrease dependence on them. Meanwhile, having a spa-like bathroom might not be able to substitute a real trip to a spa. However, it’s good to be able to relax in one’s home.
Climate change is real. There’s no denying that. As a response, individuals and institutions have committed to sustainable practices. Even those in the architecture world have taken up the cudgels in doing their part to save the planet.
For one, the Philippines is holding a 3-year (2017 – 2019) learning program called “Arkitektura” on holistic approaches to architecture and environment. This movement can be called “organic architecture” which factors in the environment. Influential members of the movement include the aforementioned Frank Lloyd Wright as well as Antoni Gaudi and Rudolf Steiner.
Organic architecture involves the use of sustainable materials to reduce carbon footprint while creating a feeling of vitality. In contrast to industrial materials that give a manufactured feeling, this movement is about creating a sense of relationship with Earth itself.
Meanwhile, other architects have taken a “back-to-basics” approach in hopes of reducing the dependency on air conditioning in Asia. Called “bioclimatic architecture,” these are homes that rely on local factors and design to create comfy indoor environments. While many Filipinos love imitating Western designs, this Asia-based movement could take root soon.
All in all, the trends in architecture show that people are trying to find a sense of wholeness. With urban living forcing us into boxes like cubicles or the MRT, we try to look for spaces we are wholly free to be ourselves. This can explain why people try to create the home as that space of freedom. It manifests in things like the desire for open spaces free from obstruction and definition. Personal sanctuaries at home reflect the desire to create a place to call one’s own. Finally, the trend for sustainability shows an increasing consciousness as parts of a greater whole that is nature.
However you want to try these trends, we hope it becomes a space that’s perfect for you. At the end of the day, how you shape your house (or condo, or townhouse) makes it a home. Finding the property is easy. All that’s left is to make it the perfect home for you.