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Top Architecture Trends 2018

Updated: Sep 25, 2018

Architecture is constantly evolving and 2018 has been no different. The prospect of change is approaching, and advancing technologies and materials are set to revamp the way we design and build.

Staying with the latest trends is a basic step in attempting to keep up with competitors in all levels of business and the architecture industry is no different.

Here we take a look at some of architectures current trends and what we are likely to see within the industry over the next year or so.


It is probably no surprise that some of the most recent innovations are eco-friendly. You might have noticed that new or redeveloped buildings are including gardens and green rooftops to residents and businesses alike, as well as indoor features such as green relaxing spaces and green walls. More and more companies move towards a greener earth, which will also see the rise in outdoor living & public spaces.


Sustainability is a trend that links closely with the idea of being eco- friendly. Sustainable architecture seeks to minimise the negative affect that buildings and structures can have on the environment. A sustainable building focuses on increasing the efficiency of resource use — energy, water, and materials — reducing building effects on human health and the environment during the building's lifespan. Water-filtration systems in new buildings is popular as well as air conditioning, heating, and ventilation units that are designed to conserve energy.

Residential & Public

Blending residential areas with public spaces is next on the list. The need for this has proportionally grown as more and more people are living in the city. To face over-crowdedness, people need more innovative solutions for the spaces in which they live or work. In the past, there were boundaries between houses, public and industrial spaces, but with forming flexible areas that can house multiple purposes, minimises the need for transportation, saves time, and increases productivity.

Smart buildings

Technology is advancing at quite a rate and the idea of a smart building can been seen more as a possibility rather than an imaginative idea.

Wireless sound systems, smart illumination systems receptive to human movement, & smart appliances that you can control from a remote control or even your mobile phone have become more affordable and because of this more people want them in their home and place of work. Even older buildings are being adapted to fit these technologies, there really are no limitations.

Going Rural

It is not just big cities with modern buildings and innovative architecture that is dominating in 2018. Rural areas although sparsely populated are also adapting to a more contemporary way of living. Technology and accessibility are making this happen and more and more people are buying into it.

On the flip side the natural environment is a great way for architects and designers to gain some inspiration to implement ideas in urban communities. It goes full circle.

Architecture is always evolving and developing, trends are always changing. RPS Design Group brings together experts in the field of architecture, planning and 3D visualisation. We are a unique collective with a broad skill set delivering high quality projects throughout the UK. Our collaborative team spirit and cross-discipline thinking underpins our approach to design. Together we are problem solvers and place makers. If you would like any further information, please get in touch now and we’d be happy to help you on your next project!


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