5 Key Architectural Trends For Every Budding Entrepreneur

Aayush Chaudhary, Principal Architect, ACad StudioHolding a Masters in Construction Management from the University of London, Aayush held the role of Head Architect at Creative Constructs, and even incepted Spacemould, prior to joining ACad in 2018

At the point when Computer Aided Design & Drafting (CADD) programming was first introduced during the 1980s, it is believed to have changed the way things were done in the design and construction industry. It set a standard for architects, engineers and other designers while making structures and developing structures. Nonetheless, while CADD may have improved the nature of architectural designs and construction, it had numerous confinements that neglected to give the most extreme proficiency between construction and architectural designs. It wasn’t until the appearance of the Building Information Modeling (BIM) apparatus during the 1990s that the industry saw noteworthy changes when it comes to construction and architectural designs. Here are five trends for architects and budding architects to follow in 2020:

BIM (Building Information Modelling): Building Information Modelling is an environment of creating, generating, storing, managing, exchanging and sharing the building information in a reusable and interoperable manner. In other ways, it is a procedure which involves the creation and management of data used in construction, while combining all systems associated with construction from start to finish.

The process involves creating a virtual model of a building containing all the structural, architectural and services details, including Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing linking with a project planned timeline and then tracking the performance against actual outcomes. This helps in reducing most of the risks associated with the construction.

Benefits of BIM
● It helps solve most of the problems on-site while designing.

● It helps in reducing the cost and speeds-up the entire construction process.

● It helps in the estimation of the cost, resources, material and time, enabling the contractors to be prepared for the task in advance.

● It helps to know the exact quantity of the material used in the project.

● The process is instrumental in the maintenance of a building, as we can find-out important information,
including the make, warrantee, people responsible and others, from the model, which is helpful in saving a lot of conflicts and issues during the maintenance of the building.

● It helps in timely detection of a problem in the structure, MEP or any other systems during the maintenance phase.

Minimalist Design: Today, people are inclining towards a more moderate approach for design and structure. The idea of ‘toning it down would be ideal’ has picked-up prominence once more. As a design movement, minimalism picked-up popularity in the late 1960s and 70s in US. Designers are embracing a similar procedure once more, where most essential and vital components are communicated in the design, and the excessive components are hurled-off.

Designers are embracing minimalist designing once more, where most essential and vital components are communicated in the design, and the excessive components are hurled-off

In architecture, minimilism is used to describe a subject which has no extra design elements. This refers to a connection between two perfect planes, stunning lighting, and negative space. Minimalism likely came to be as a response to the chaos and business of urban life. The designs are simple yet elegant and functional. Minimilism is also an essence of design that is influenced by the natural elements.

Segmented Open-Space Design: Designs with open plan and open spaces have gained popularity recently, where people can perform their desired function within the open plan. This has been very widely seen in co-working office spaces, where a huge space is being utilized by multiple offices, segregating the open plan design with colours, materials, levels, and lighting to create a visual partition of the spaces.

Designs with the open arrangement and open spaces have picked-up prevalence recently, where individuals can play-out their ideal capacity inside the open arrangement. Open Space designs are getting popular in residential designs as well. Some of the residential projects are seen with a false partition wall between the room and toilet, giving a sense of one big open bedroom. The Open Space Design will surely find a way in all types of projects as it reflects the modern lifestyle of the people.

Virtual & Augmented Reality: Virtual & Augmented Reality have redefined the way designers depict their imagination to the clients. This technology enables the client to visually experience the entire space, walk around the space and give valuable feedback to the designer. It also helps the architect to enhance the idea as per the needs of the client.

These technologies help architects to present their work in an experiential way to the client. Though the technology is not used widely in architecture, it can be potentially highly beneficial to visualize three-dimensional architectural designs. Furthermore, one can replace an architectural scale model with an AR one. The idea is that you can take the building with you wherever you go, put-on an AR headset and see it on a tabletop in a boardroom as if it’s standing right there.

Sustainable & Green Designs: Sustainable construction and designs are the future of the world. The architects are focusing on reusing the waste to generate energy for the buildings, making them green buildings which will cause less damage to the environment. The considerate designers are constantly finding new ways to create green buildings, which will create a better future for everyone. Sustainable or green design also attempts to safeguard air, water and earth by choosing eco-friendly building materials and construction practices. It is more than a passing trend, as it ensures that the resources are not over exhausted and that the design is maintable for generations to come.