With a new year comes new trends, even for architecture and design. This year is no exception. With that in mind, here are the top 3 trends we foresee impacting architecture and design in 2019.
The issue of sustainability has started influencing architecture with a higher demand for eco-friendly designs. As people begin to become more concerned about climate change, they desire buildings and homes that make less of an environmental impact and use more earth-friendly products.
At Studio+ we take sustainability into consideration with every project. When designing the Babcock Ranch Neighborhood School, sustainability was part of every step and as a result the project accomplished a Green Globes certification. Green Globes is a nationally recognized green rating assessment, guidance, and certification program that further verifies the buildings sustainable aspects. Another Southwest Florida architecture project, McGregor Veterinary Clinic also applied sustainable practices such as rainwater recycling and native landscaping.
Sustainability is making waves in architecture and won’t be going anywhere anytime soon. If you’re planning a new building be sure to consider ways you can help the environment and potentially lower your facilities and energy costs by building sustainability into your design.
Bringing the Outdoors In
Another trend for 2019 is to bring the outdoors in. If you can’t actually incorporate the outdoors into your design, simulate it! In Naples, NCH Baker Hospital Inpatient Oncology Unit utilizes technology to bring the outdoors in by using video monitors and sound machines to give patients the feeling of being at the Naples beach.
Many designs are utilizing nature as inspiration with color and textures mimicking the outdoors. Warm colors and cues from nature such as the texture of wood, were part of the project completed for the City of Hope.
This is especially popular in healthcare architecture and design, one of our specialties, as nature can encourage healing and promote a healthier life.
Focus on Experience
An integral part of design and architecture is the user’s experience. A space must be attractive and functional, but ultimately it’s how people feel in and use the space that matters. For example, the NCH North Naples Hospital Pediatric Emergency Department uses special ambient lighting to keep children calm during a medical emergency. Children can be easily upset during an emergency and using lighting and playful activities to keep them calm enhances their experience. At Amavida Senior Living in Fort Myers, the design was created with the intention to improve residents’ quality of life and mental health. Amavida creates an experience for residents that enhances their lives so they can enjoy retirement. Modern on-site amenities, a connection to nature through design, and advanced technology features are what make Amavida stand out from the rest. Lifestyle amenities include athletic facilities, cabanas, a clubhouse, pedestrian access to Lakes Park, multiple dining options, and more.
These are the top 3 architecture and design trends we’re forecasting for 2019. If you’re interested in applying any or all of them to your next project, please contact us. We’d love to help you.
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