The architectural landscape is ever-evolving, and 2024 is poised to usher in a new era of innovative exterior design trends that promise to reshape how we perceive and interact with our built environment. Read on for five trends to watch and gain inspiration from next year.
1. Modular Construction
In 2024, expect architects to take efficiency and flexibility to new heights with modular construction. Prefabricated modules, constructed in factory settings and transported to construction sites for assembly, will reduce construction timelines, enhance quality control and ensure easy expansion or reconfiguration to meet evolving needs. With many of these modular homes, you’ll have your pick of siding, energy-efficient windows, and more.
2. Adaptive Reuse
“Adaptive reuse” is the architectural equivalent of recycling. Architects aim to reduce waste, preserve history, and promote sustainable urban development by transforming abandoned structures like factories, warehouses, and churches into vibrant residential spaces, offices, and cultural hubs.
3. Smarter Homes
In 2024, smart homes will become even smarter as architects seamlessly incorporate voice-activated assistants, automated lighting, and cutting-edge temperature control systems into their designs. The result is a living environment prioritizing convenience, energy efficiency, and security.
4. Net-Zero Energy Buildings
Sustainability takes centre stage in 2024 as we expect to see an increase in net-zero energy building structures that generate as much energy as they consume. Architects will employ a multifaceted approach, combining passive solar design and natural ventilation. More homes will integrate renewable energy sources like solar panels and geothermal systems.
5. Inclusive Design
In 2024, architects will prioritize inclusive design, ensuring spaces are accessible to individuals of all abilities and ages. Barrier-free access, intuitive wayfinding, and adjustable features will become standard elements worked into every facet of a building, from the acoustics to the lighting.