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Comfort & Sustainability in Architecture: Trends 2021

Just before the global lockdowns began in response to the spread of the widely discussed COVID-19, we met with Saint Gobain experts at their new headquarters in Paris to discuss an extensive investigation conducted in 2019, with the aim of understanding the transformations that architecture and construction have experienced in recent years. After an interesting exchange of ideas, we chose the most relevant topics to be analyzed in depth by our team of editors, resulting in a series of articles that combined the trends identified with the unexpected events that occurred during 2020, connecting them directly to architectural design.

Now, entering an uncertain but promising 2021, we took the time to stop and reread these articles carefully. How many of these trends are still valid and how much have they evolved? What new trends are likely to develop in the coming years?

VH House / ODDO architects

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Hanoi, Vietnam
  • Architects: ODDO architects
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  121
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2018

Q House / BHA

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  • Architects: BHA
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  277
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2020

Adding Fresh Hanging Gardens to Residential Architecture

Greenery Curtain House / HGAA. Image © Duc NguyenSter House / DELUTION. Image Courtesy of Delution ArchitectCH House / ODDO architects. Image © Hoang Le PhotographyIH Residence / andramatin. Image © Mario Wibowo+ 28

Last month, we looked at the 20 most-visited residential projects featured on ArchDaily during 2020. Spanning four continents and 15 countries, the styles and designs of these projects varied widely, and covered a wide range of different climates, visual contexts, and client needs. However, we noticed a commonality among a select few projects located primarily in Vietnam and Indonesia: the prevalence of hanging gardens and vines. Below, we look into this trend in more detail, discussing how it is used within these specific projects and more generally.

PR House / DA+S

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  • Architects: DA+S
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  220
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2019
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: AutoDesk, Adobe, Trimble Navigation

The Sunrise House / AVA Architects

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  • Architects: AVA Architects
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  578
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2019
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: AutoDesk, Daikin, Hafele, Amido, Boao, +1

Rearrange, Paint, Cultivate: Brightening Up Your Home While Practicing Social Distancing

As cities around the world go on lockdown in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, most individuals have been asked to stay at home, leaving only essential workers - EMTs and other healthcare professionals, grocery workers, bus drivers, deliverymen, and more - continuing to go out to keep the world running. Other families and individuals have found themselves spending most of their time at home, permitted to leave only to buy groceries or exercise for limited periods of time. With many no doubt searching for ways to pass the time in replacement of social interaction, we suggest several ways to brighten up your home while practicing social distancing, both improving the space you’re in and giving possible activities to pass the time.

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What Is Interior Design (And Why Can It Really Make You Feel Better)?

If you don't like a specific musical style, the theater bores you, or you're not attracted to works of art, you can almost always avoid them. Architecture, however, is different. A poorly thought-out project will affect the lives of many people consistently and for a long time. With interiors, this effect is even more amplified. Humanity is spending more and more time indoors, which directly impacts our well-being and health. In periods of compulsory retirement, as in the current pandemic of Covid-19, we gain a sense of how important interior spaces are for our well-being and even for the prevention of diseases. Designing an indoor environment is a huge responsibility for a professional. An interior designer must plan, research, coordinate, and manage these projects to obtain an adequately healthy and aesthetically pleasing environment for the people who use the space. But what, in fact, is interior design?

Appartement Spectral / BETILLON / DORVAL‐BORY. Image Courtesy of BETILLON / DORVAL‐BORYThe Enchanted Shed & Leopold House / Franz&Sue. Image © Andreas BuchbergerOficina do Arquiteto / Ruetemple. Image © RuetempleHey! A Lovely Tiny Space / A'Lentil Design. Image Courtesy of A'Lentil Design+ 19

1110 apartment / atelier12

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  • Architects: atelier12
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  62
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2019
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Dulux, CARINY, Fran Aluminum, KINGLED, New Wood, +2

Hay Roofs Explored Through 13 Vietnamese Restaurant Projects

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Building with Natural Biodegradable Raw materials is one of the major recurring green construction solutions of our days. Although some might call it regressive, it is an easy and affordable way to promote Eco-friendly Architecture. The implementation of Hay or Thatched roofs are a prime example of a highly beneficial Sustainable building solution.

CH House / ODDO architects

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Hanoi, Vietnam
  • Architects: ODDO architects
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  220
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2019

Roc Von Restaurant / VTN Architects

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Phú Cát, Vietnam
  • Architects: VTN Architects
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  1100
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2015

My Dinh Plaza Apartment / HGAA

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Thuy Khue House / HGAA

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Hanoi, Vietnam
  • Architects: HGAA
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  85
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2017

Kim Boi Bamboo Restaurant / Tran Ba Tiep

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Kim Bôi District, Vietnam
  • Architects: Tran Ba Tiep
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  700
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2016
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Bambubuild, Xingfa Aluminium

3x10 House / AHL architects associates

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Định Công, Vietnam