Updated: Apr 9, 2020
1. SIMPLE IS EN OUGH
Simple shapes and materials say more than brick and mortar.The famous House on the Rocks in Valencia contrasts with volumes, plans and structures. Using pure geometry, solid constructions and technological solutions architects were able to tame a wild mountainous terrain. The structure takes the shape of nature.
The construction is restrained, without excesses. Three blocks shifted on the vertical axis create the asymmetry. White interior and exterior emphasize the buildings austerity making it complete.
TIME IS THE BEST АRCHITECT. IT GIVES THE MATERIALS THE SECOND SKIN, REVEALS THE IDENTITY OF THINGS.
The trend of transformation of architectural sites acts acts as the sourdough of the market. A good example –Kanaal project by Axel Vervoordt. They converted an old factory into a city. The grain elevators become apartments so people could live. Offices and galleries replaced workshops.
Two words describing Kanaal – authenticity and magnitude.
New technologies and materials emphasized the historical heritage. They showed the character of buildings with the value of time.
DESPITE THE MASSIVENESS, THE ARCHITECTURE MOOD IS CALM. BUT YOU KNOW, THIS "SIMPLICITY" TOOK THE INCREDIBLE FORCES.
The industrial space with concrete walls became a stage for art. Time here goes back and forth between the ancient and contemporary works complementing each other.
The speed is an essential feature of our time. A place where people can escape from the external reality and find emotional stability is the nature. Architects try to make us closer. We see green roofs and trees inside houses.
A growing number of Zen Buddhist gardens acclimatized. Green oases with trees and stones please the eye in modern tech buildings.
4. Recycled Materials
As the need for sustainability becomes more urgent, architects are increasingly turning to recycled materials. Studio2012's project (pictured above) shows that while using recycled materials is rooted in sustainability, aesthetics and craftsmanship don't have to be sacrificed.
On a larger scale, cities are implementing strategies to reduce the carbon footprint of construction and development. This approach encourages "degrowth" by focusing more energy into the renovation and rehabilitation of spaces through adaptive reuse projects, as opposed to the development of new structures.
5. Locally Sourced Materials and Design
Along with ecological and environmental awareness, a shift towards local materials and techniques is resulting in more sustainable and affordable projects. Fieldwork Design & Architecture committed to using locally sourced materials for the Kerns Micro House in Portland. As a result, the studio was able to frugally design a thoughtful abode.