Creating a hard line between mankind and nature was the ambition of every architect, however that has become a bygone era. The boundary between outside and inside is becoming blurred in the quest for organic and open living spaces.
Architects and designers are using woods such as Bamboo, stone and other natural finishes to create organic living spaces. These finishes are known to reduce stress and make the home cozie. Many home builders are finishing fireplaces with smooth river rocks. However, it’s not merely finishing elements that are becoming more organic this year, architects are bringing the outdoors inside.
New Wave Architecture, something like Feng Shui with modern twist graphs nature into the man-made. According to Cocoran Inhabit, New Wave Architecture, founded in 2006, continue to inspire inside-out design. Inhabitable spaces now look like mountains or a crack in the Earth and designers are integrating plants and earthen spaces into the larger design. Moreover, water elements are becoming more conman in architecture.
Expect to see more solariums. These novelty rooms went the way of the dinosaur during the Nineties, but are making a comeback for this age of all things organic. Using glass as a wall lessens the definition of outside and inhabitable space. Solariums are no longer walls replaced by glass, nor are they made to resemble prisms. Current trends use glass and steel to mimic structures found in the natural world. Natural light causes Vitamin D production, which is good for our wellbeing, much like bringing plants indoors.
Many are contrasting the organic with the man-made. Cement has become an integral part of design, and not just for driveways and garages. Architects have called cement Twenty-Eighteen’s “Design Workhorse.” This durable material is being used to construct industrial-loft-like floors and even super-durable counter-tops. Raw cement has invaded the modern home and creates a rough and sleek look.
Organic design, something borrowed from Biomimetics, is now a staple among architects. The future, in many ways, may be less “futuristic” than expected – much like the Sci-Fi movies in which the future resembles the past. Home buyers want open spaces that feel as natural as the park.