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