Architecture is an ever-evolving art form. Trends change, functions switch and materials vary. Even though the pace at which trends change in the architecture industry tends to be slightly slower than in other fields, there are some core trends for 2021 to watch out for.

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1. EXPOSED STEEL STRUCTURES
One recurring trend in the past few years is certainly the one of exposed steel structures. While steel is mostly used in a hidden form by architects, more and more architects work with exposed steel for some attractive, modern buildings with a ‘wow’ factor.

2. GLASS BLOCKS
When you think about glass blocks, the 70s probably spring to mind. Excessively used in that time, the design element has actually enjoyed a recent revival as an eye-catching architectural element.

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3. PLANT FACADES
An innovative and gorgeous way to make cities greener are plant or green facades which describe walls that get completely or partially covered with greenery. These facades are increasingly used in urban environments all over the world to foster economic, environmental, aesthetic and physiological benefits.

4. MONOCHROMATIC COLOURS
Monochromatic colour schemes are the lastest interior trends and are derived from a single base hue. They then are extended by adding different shades, tones and tints of the same hue.

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5. EXTENSIONS
Extend your home instead of buying a new one. While it makes sense from an environmental viewpoint, it also can look absolutely incredible – especially when modern materials and colour schemes meet a more traditional building form.

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