The houses today look nothing like what we were used to in our childhood. From the materials used, to the interior and exterior design, houses have changed significantly over the passed few years. There has been a lot of talk about the house of the future, about new concepts of living, about Eco-houses and futuristic design. If we take a closer look to what is happening in architecture today, we will see a few things that are starting to take shape.
1. Eco-friendly houses
The concept of ECO has not been fully understood yet. An Eco-friendly house isn’t a house made from ecological materials, but rather a house which tries not to harm it. This means that it will not pollute, and it will take as little exhaustible energy from the environment as possible. A house made out of prefabricated concrete panels for example, can be considered environmental friendly because it doesn’t produce harmful substances, and it isn’t a risk for the surroundings. Wood for example cannot be consider Eco, because it is a resource which regenerates very slow. Concrete on the other hand is made out of widespread materials. Although an Eco-friendly house is costly to build, in the end you will end up saving more money than you would with a regular home. It uses unconventional energy sources like solar panels and wind installations which provide more than enough energy.
2. Houses from prefabricated materials
Prefabricated houses are modular houses, which take a lot of time to build, but they are very advantageous for the producers and clients. These houses are extremely cheap, perfectly hydro and thermo isolated. Prefabricated houses are as comfortable as regular houses, they look good and are guaranteed to resist at least 100 years. People see this type of housing as a pragmatic and accessible solution for lower budgets, and for horizontally expanding cities.
3. Integrating houses in the environment
Human communion with nature has lost its meaning in the era of industrialism, but architects all over the world are trying to revive the concept. Everyone knows that houses which match the environment ( color, shape, texture ) are the real eye candy. Architects are designing homes which open up to the surroundings, rooms with big windows which are reducing the border between nature and artificial, and create a link between the two.
4. Organic Architecture
Organic architecture, which proposes a lot of unusual forms, is not a new concept in architecture. It was first studied by Antonio Gaudi. Basically it reproduces natural forms, decorative elements which respect the ergonomic nature of space and the human body, curvaceous lines and lack of corners. The lack of corners is supposed to make a person feel protected.