First Impressions: Trends In Façades

Modern façades offer solutions to design problems, ameliorate public resistance to change and remake the structure in a way that is embraced by its residents and community. They are more than the exterior of a building — often telling a story, creating a mood and reflecting artistic direction.

To celebrate the showcase of outstanding future façade projects featured in the 2017 World Architecture Festival, we’ve identified seven trends which reflect the façade of the future.

GREENERY

Trees, shrubs and vines are encouraged to take centre stage in these façade designs which promote nature in an urban environment.

Andrew Bromberg, Aedas, China World Trade Center Phase 3C Development, Beijing, China

Perkins+Will, 150 Holborn, London, United Kingdom

Vo Trong Nghia Architects, FPT University Ho Chi Minh City, Ho Chi Minh CIty, Vietnam

Vo Trong Nghia Architects, Viettel Academy Educational Centre, Hanoi, Vietnam

INORGANIC OR COMPOSITE MATERIALS

From tiles to bricks and plastic, these facades draw on the manmade to stand out from, or reference, local surroundings.

AECOM, Taikang Jiugongshan Cemetery Gateway, Beijing, China

Cox Architecture, Waltzing Matilda Centre, Winton, Australia

Sanjay Puri Architects, The Guild, Bengaluru, India

ADAPTIVE OR MECHANICAL

Through their use of varying angles and moving parts, these ultra-modern designs draw the eye.

Aedas, Chongqing Xinhua bookstore, Jiefangbei, Chongqing, China

Studio Vertebra, Volume Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey

USE OF DIGITAL ELEMENTS AND LIGHTS

The use of light and projection attracts the attention of passers-by with an inviting array of movement and colour.

Archetonic, Zentral, Guadalajara, Mexico

WilkinsonEyre, Battersea Power Station Phase 2, London, United Kingdom

PARAMETRIC OR COMPUTATIONAL DESIGN

These highly geometric and mathematically-based designs contemporise the buildings they adorn.

DSP Design Associates Pvt. Ltd., Biomimicry in Office Architecture, Mumbai, India

HKS & SSH, Kuwait Children’s Hospital, Kuwait City, Kuwait

Studio Symbiosis, Punjab Kesari Headquarters, Noida, India

USE OF COLOUR

Pattern or block, these designs draw on colour to give buildings a unique exterior.

Cook Robotham Architectural Bureau, Incubator Block for the Arts University Bournemouth, Poole, United Kingdom

PH Alpha Design, Genzon Kexing Technology Park D4 Tower, Shenzhen, China

White Arkitekter, Queen Silvia’s Hospital for Children and Young People, Gothenburg, Sweden

REFLECTING CIVIC AND CULTURAL IDENTITY

These facades celebrate the environment in which the buildings are located by referencing society, history or physical surrounds.

Hill West Architects, Consulate and Permanent Mission to the United Nations, New York, United States of America

MOB architects, Waterways, City of Rhodes, Greece

Perkins+Will, Museum of Contemporary Art in Africa, Cape Town, South Africa

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