Construction and Design Trends of 2021: The Recurring, The Popular, The Relevant and The Substantial

Construction and Design Trends of 2021: The Recurring, The Popular, The Relevant and The Substantial

As we look back at the architecture projects we have published in 2020, as part of our yearly review, we were able to distinguish many recurring elements and solutions in terms of materials, programs, and functions.

Since the architecture industry moves slightly slower than others, we found that many things in the construction and design that have been building up these past years have come out making strong statements this 2020. We believe, therefore, that trends in the architecture world could be defined not only by what has been recurrent and popular but also, what has proven to be relevant and substantial.

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Here are some of the trends we have spotted this year, and that will certainly be part of the design agenda of the upcoming years.

1- Materials & Construction

Exposed Steel Structures

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Brick Vault House / Space Popular. Image © Mariela Apollonio
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PR9 Housing Reform / La Troupe. Image © Jorge López Sacristán
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Shed House / Marcos Franchini + Nattalia Bom Conselho. Image © Jomar Bragança
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Topo's Shed Workspace and Housing / Pía Mendaro. Image © Manuel Ocaña
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Werkspoor Factory / Zecc Architecten. Image © Stijnstijl Photography

Glass Blocks

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Santa Clara Building / Lagula Arquitectes. Image © Adrià Goula
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Glassbook House / Sibling Architecture. Image © Katherine Lu
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Tamarind Bistro and Music House / BodinChapa Architects. Image © Witsawarut Kekina
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Ricco Burger Restaurant / BLOCO Arquitetos. Image © Haruo Mikami
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HEB’S Restaurant / Maden Group. Image © Atdhe Mulla

2- Interior Solutions

Curtains as Space Dividers

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Renovation of the Operations Court in CENTROCENTRO / Héctor Fernández Elorza. Image © Montse Zamorano
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Industry & Leisure Multifunctional Spaces / Gustav Düsing. Image © Johannes Förster
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Frenches Interior / Sibling Architecture. Image © Christine Francis
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Apartamento ready-made / azab. Image © Luis Diaz Diaz
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Apartment in Santa Cruz / Bala atelier. Image © Francisco Nogueira
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Sfera Beauty Co-working / Eduard Eremchuk. Image © Inna Kablukova

3- Green Invasion

Interior Gardens

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Stairway House / nendo. Image © Takumi Ota
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Innovation Hub Acid House Barcelona / ARQUITECTURA-G. Image © José Hevia
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Factory in the Forest / Design Unit Architects Snd Bhd. Image © Lin Ho Photography
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GROUNDS Coffee / KOGAA. Image © Alex Shoots Buildings
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Q House / Q concept. Image © Quang Dam

Green Façades & Rooftops

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Sky House / MIA Design Studio. Image © Trieu Chien
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White Arbor and Open Air Theater / APL design workshop. Image © KITAJIMA Toshiharu/ Archi Photo
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Maggie’s Leeds Centre / Heatherwick Studio. Image © Hufton+Crow
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Commodore Apartment Building / Planta. Image © Javier Agustín Rojas
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Albert Park Office and Depot / Harrison and White + Archier. Image © Peter Bennetts

4- Color

Color Monochrome

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ARP Office / Ali Ravanpak + Babak Abnar. Image © Hamed Farhangi
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Duplex in Sant Gervasi / ARQUITECTURA-G. Image © José Hevia
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Casa Torre in Madrid / Carolina González Vives. Image © Imagen Subliminal (Miguel de Guzmán + Rocío Romero)
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Mixtape Apartment / AZAB. Image © Luis Diaz Diaz
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KOPI Jewellery Boutique / NOKE Architects. Image © Nate Cook; Piotr Maciaszek
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Villa in Ibiza / Reutov Design. Image Courtesy of Reutov Dmitry, Gerner Ekaterina

Accent Color

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Apartment on a mint floor / Fala. Image © Ricardo Loureiro
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Retroscena Apartment / La Macchina Studio. Image © Paolo Fusco
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Colours of My Life Apartment / WY-TO architects. Image © Frank Pinckers
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Impress Dental Clinic / Raúl Sánchez. Image © José Hevia
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Het Epos School / SeARCH. Image © Ossip van Duivenbode
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Restaurant Cheriff / Mesura. Image © José Hevia

5- Programmatic Solutions

Extensions & Additions 

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Mountain View House / CAN. Image © Jim Stephenson
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White Rabbit House / Gundry & Ducker. Image © Andrew Meredith
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AR Residence / DEDRAFT. Image © Nick Dearden
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Johannes House Extension / MADAM architectuur. Image © Olmo Peeters
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Monumen(t)huis Office Renovation / Declerck-Daels, Architecten. Image © Tim Van de Velde

Redefined Public Spaces

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Bonfire Square / MAT Office. Image © Kangshuo Tang
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Infinity Bench / Azócar Catrón Arquitectos. Image © Patricio Zeiss
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Superblock of Sant Antoni / Leku Studio. Image © Del Rio Bani
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PARK PARK / Public City Architecture. Image © Kokemor Studio
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TULIP – Your place at the table / ADHOC architectes. Image © Raphael Thibodeau

This article is part of the ArchDaily Topic: 2020 In Review. Every month we explore a topic in-depth through articles, interviews, news, and projects. Learn more about our monthly topics. As always, at ArchDaily we welcome the contributions of our readers; if you want to submit an article or project, contact us.

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Cite: Paula Pintos & Clara Ott. "Construction and Design Trends of 2021: The Recurring, The Popular, The Relevant and The Substantial " 01 Feb 2021. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/955914/construction-and-design-trends-of-2020-the-recurring-the-popular-the-relevant-and-the-substantial> ISSN 0719-8884

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