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Style and simplicity, smart and green technology, and creative use of space are the underlying concepts that will shape architecture in 2016. The best designers will explore the depths of imaginative thinking for home and office spaces that create the right mood and maximum comfort for the occupants and positively influence their state of mind. Here are the top architecture and design trends for the future to set sights on.

Open Spaces

The conventional idea of four walls and a door for every room is giving way for open concepts or implied space that visually connects the rooms together in a way that make the home feel larger. Room spaces are implied, as they are now being defined by ceilings or floors, rather than the traditional walls and doors.

The rooms link to each other without obstructions and with minimalistic interior design. This concept is ideal for multiple-floored apartments to ignite a mental effect of larger interior space.

Inside and Outside Fuse Together

The open concept idea is also being applied to the way boundaries are designed to demarcate the indoors and outdoors. In place of that defined line or wall, there’s a blurred space that blends the inside and the outside without any loud distinction. This concept is influenced by an emerging taste among homeowners who want to enjoy the feel and atmosphere of the home exterior as much as the living room; and are including interior spaces and items like kitchen, tv and furniture.

Flexible Rooms for Easy Makeovers

Flexible spaces that can be easily converted or reshaped is another creative dimension of the open concept idea. Architects are now designing more homes spaces that are less purpose-specific and when desired or necessitated can be simply transformed for a new home purpose without needing to do any major or expensive renovation. This concept is influenced by the growth of the aging population. It allows for adaptations spaces for more independent and simpler living, or quick adjustments of the family home to accommodate an older family member.

Larger Windows

This is another proof of man’s innate desire to be as close to nature as possible, while still subject to his instincts for security. The gravitation towards bigger, sliding windows and doors allows the indoor living to enlarge and merge with the natural outdoor. In place of walls, the windows are enlarged, stretching from the floor to the ceiling to give unobstructed views of the outdoors and the entire living space.

This new architectural trend has triggered growth and advancement in energy efficient and optimal performance windows technology, with cheaper and increased access to modern windows that give an extra touch of beauty, style and comfort to occupants.

Health-Minded Design

Conscious of the health problems often caused by building elements like asbestos and lead paints, architects are now rethinking interior designs to become more green and sustainable. Design elements are now carefully selected to ensure a better convergence between style, functional design and sustainable practices.

Incorporation of Smart Technology

The mobile tech industry is moving at an amazing speed and advancement level with new, smart and internet-enabled devices constantly being introduced into the market. Architectural trends, too, are keeping up with the pace of the dynamic smart gadget industry by intelligently incorporating their uses to improve home design features like lighting, automated sprinkler systems, remote-monitoring systems, or even simply adjusting the thermostat, from anywhere on your Smartphone.