Homes aren’t getting bigger, a recent increase in property value limits how much land the average consumer may purchase without breaking the bank, however, Architects and Interior Designers are working together to create organic living spaces that are perceived as larger than the amount of space they physically consume. These organic spaces bring elements of nature into the home and cause the illusion of open space.
Architects, designers, and construction workers are bringing natural elements into inhabitable spaces. Materials such as Austin Stone and Bamboo bring life into our homes. Austin Stone, something akin to Limestone, is quarried outside Austin Texas. This beige stone is a versatile material, it may be used to create ultra-modern looking structures or traditional – think of the city hall buildings throughout the United States’ Southland, Denton Texas’s city hall provides a great example of what can be done with Austin Stone: something stoic, modern and yet traditional.
Aside from Austin Stone, Architects and Designers are bringing Bamboo indoors. Bamboo countertops are almost indestructible and, when paired with agate wallpaper, blur the line between indoors and outside. Moreover, Bamboo finishes, like all natural finishes, are known to reduce stress. Additionally, many home builders are finishing fireplaces with smoothed river rocks.
New Wave Architecture, something like Feng Shui with modern twist graphs nature into the man-made. According to Cocoran Inhabit, New Wave Architecture, founded in 2006, continue to inspire inside-out design. Inhabitable spaces now look like mountains or a crack in the Earth. Sichuan China’s Earthquake Museum provides an excellent example of New Wave Architecture, the structure appears to be an earthquake-ravaged landscape. Inhabitable spaces no longer merely protect us from nature, but are a part of nature and invite the natural world in.
Many are contrasting the organic with the man-made. Cement has become an integral part of design, and not just for driveways and garages. Architects have called cement Twenty-Eighteen’s “Design Workhorse.” This durable material is being used to create industrial-loft-like floors and even super-durable counter-tops. Raw cement has invaded the modern home and creates a rough and sleek look.
Contemporary Design and Architecture are, in many ways, a paradox. Open and organic spaces have become popular, however, simultaneously, concrete is invading principals of design, it’s the new wave.