After ages of digging through the web, browsing, research and right-clicking, I’ve come to the following inferences:
- Glass and wood have become very common building materials
- Roof gardens are almost essential in every home, from landed residential homes, to apartment spaces, to holidays getaway homes, to skyscrapers and so on.
- Straight lines and sharp shapes are preferred in many buildings, and buildings that are not razor straight, are extremely curvy. Architecture likes the extremes when it comes to shapes.
- Plants are becoming important again, almost every photo posted here contains at least one plant, usually more. Perhaps we are realizing that we should never have killed so many of them, or that still seeing them around make us feel less guilty. Either way, architects are picking up on this and incorporating these leafy creatures into the buildings.
- Strange buildings are naturally attention-grabbing, but it is the beautiful ones (or the extra-strange ones) that last
- Interior designs have become very clutter-free, but for people to actually live in most of these places may be hard, as most human beings don’t have the self-control for such cleanliness
- Open is attractive. Open spaces, revealed structures, large glass windows have all become very popular.
I don’t know if all modern buildings are like these, but I tried to look for different buildings, and I ended up finding so many similar buildings that fell under these criteria.
I will post a list of all the structures I covered later.
To everyone reading this and following this blog, thank you for all your time and support. The sites that I used to most during this process were:
But I also browsed plenty of stand-alone pages, short articles and write-ups, all of which have been given credit to, and there are many others out there. The world, as going through these has proven, is full of possibilities. Go forth and explore, and once again, thank you!
Feel free to message me any questions and comments :)
Inntel Hotel, Zaandam, Netherlands
(WAM Architecten, 2010)
- the wooden green facades of Inntel Hotel are typical of houses in the area, so there is still a hint of tradition to them, but nothing else is typical about these houses
- they are fitted together like an interesting balancing act of toy homes, and the fact that there are so many houses emphasize the function of the building as a hotel that can accommodate many kinds of people
- there are so many windows in this building that it is almost overwhelming, the natural light flowing into the building is high, and the rooms will probably have a very bright and airy interior
- the houses themselves vary in design, and some in color, roofs protrude and walls fall back, forming a very lively three-dimensional shape
- the striking bright green color of the walls and bright orange roofs altogether make the hotel look very cheerful and welcoming, and brighten up the area it is in
- on a side note, apparently houses in the area truly are the same shade of green, because the color was cheaper in the old days and continued until now for tradition’s sake