It’s time for us to look ahead once again to what the next 12 months may have in store for the architecture industry, as we predict our top five architecture trends for 2019. Last year, sustainable elements in architecture continued to draw plaudits in terms of design, if not necessarily in widespread adoption. A work in progress perhaps. And so while sustainability in design and construction methodology will likely strengthen in 2019 as a concept, albeit gradually, we leave this out for this year’s list. Instead, we focus on new and potentially transformational initiatives and concepts, for which 2019 could prove to be the stepping stone towards wholesale endorsement.
Appetite for the creation of refined spaces that embrace the connection between outdoors and indoors has grown to such an extent that the movement now demands more intricate consideration. No longer is the mere inclusion of large windows, allowing for the passage of an abundance of natural light, and the incorporation of outdoor elements – such as plants within interiors – enough to satisfy this aspirational trend. A glittering example of the outdoor/indoor concept which embraces a new approach to this interplay and association can be seen in BSBG’s design for a gastro lounge, set within a new five star hotel currently under construction in Dubai. A naturally flowing design fuses the two divergent environments quite seamlessly; creating a synergy and association that manifests the charm and seclusion of an indoor environment, combined with the characteristics and natural surrounds of outdoors. The seamless transition between interior and external provides a unique, mood-enhancing experience for the end-user, offering all the peace and well-being associated with being close to nature, but with the feeling of sanctuary that a pleasant interior can portray. This concept will likely be developed as the year progresses, with pronounced, exploratory indoor/outdoor design approaches adopted by designers throughout 2019.
Many a scientific paper has been written in consideration of the real benefit of open plan, open space design. Is it really the most productive office layout? Within the home, do we really enjoy and get the most out of mingling cooking, sleeping and entertaining in a single space? The answer here is that it’s clearly not for everyone. And so now a new approach is very quickly gaining traction. Segmented open-space design is a result of architects and designers understanding the importance of creating definition within open spaces. Providing a tangible difference within open plan for areas that serve different functions, while also preventing large spaces from seeming dull and uninspiring. Some of the design techniques used to accomplish this include a shift in colour, materials, differing floor levels, glazed articulation, or distinct lighting to create a visual understanding of varying spatial functionality.
Pantone, the world’s colour matching system, predicts ‘Pantone 16-1546’ to be the colour of 2019. And who are we to argue? Otherwise referred to as ‘Living Coral’, this tone is described as a “life-affirming shade of orange with a golden undertone”. A vibrant but comforting colour which actually runs perilously close to being a touch overbearing and garish, before the soft undertone provides reassurance and an almost rousing sentimentality. Authentic and intimate – the antithesis of contemporary mainstream culture. Expect to see Living Coral appear within interior design, either as an accessory colour or within a feature wall. For those looking to make a bold and daring statement with playful intent, Living Coral looks set to be the go-to shade for 2019.
The advantages of modular building construction are plentiful, and all hold great appeal for developers; particularly in consideration of the challenging conditions we currently see within the industry. Shorter construction times, higher and more consistent quality, financial savings and reduced disruption on site are just a selection of the benefits that come from the off-site manufacture of buildings or segments within interiors. For BSBG, projects such as Bluewaters Residential and Aloft City Centre Deira saw huge gains from the incorporation of modular components built in state-of-the-art facilities off-site. It’s inevitable that this will increase and become more all-encompassing in terms of its application during 2019.
During 2018, BSBG utilised LiDAR and 3D Surveying as a solution for a renovation project in response to a need for the highest level of building information accuracy. By combining the use of high-precision laser scanning with detailed 3D modelling capabilities, information and plans were produced with accuracy to within 2mm. 3D Surveying is now in high demand, but its value and speed could be further enhanced by the incorporation of drone technology. During 2018, the use of drone photogrammetry for the creation of 3D Revit models was incomparable to the accuracy level of LiDAR, but as technology continually evolves drones could well replace the use of lasers in completing 3D surveys of a site or existing development.