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Building Design Trends for 2022

Building design has changed drastically from being mere places of work to spaces that are more attentive to the environment, energy efficient, and a new paradigm of smart design that combines key activities into one big expanse. According to E-Mag by ArchiExpo, here some of the best designs that pave the way to building design in 2022 and beyond:

Adaptive Reuse

Kirkkonummi (close to Helsinki), is the home of the Fyyri Library - which is an adaptive reuse project that revolutionizes the library paradigm to respond to modern day demands. Libraries are about sharing information, not just through books but also through personal interactions.

The library houses specialized modules for community use including rooms for children’s group activities, exhibition areas, event spaces, and a café. The building’s outer copper shingle and concrete front surrounds the original library structure which was completed in the 80s. Natural light seeps into the building through columns, which imitates the behaviour of sunrays shining in between the forest.

Connecting Walls

Factories are often seen as functional spaces rather than an opportunity to innovate on factory design, and they also have a tendency to segregate operational roles. The Shamim Factory located in Iran strives to accommodate the need for separation while also incorporating transparent dividers like windowed walls and outdoor spaces that better connect the workers to each other.

The Shamim Factory utilizes the concept of classic Iranian design, with an open middle courtyard and perpendicular axes. Though these two patterns are used today, they have all but vanished in other industrial factory designs. This divider-focused design hopes to eliminate the social barriers between the individuals that work in the space.

Fusing Technology with Nature

Guangzhou, China is the new home to six pieces of futuristic landscape architecture pieces placed onto a field and along a tour route, where they exist as demonstration of future agriculture technologies. The six installations, designed by PMT Partners Ltd., show a vision of future agriculture-based on emerging trends such as 5G and the utilization of Artificial Intelligence (AI), while also generating discussion on how recent technological developments can leave a positive impact on mother nature and better integrate futuristic endeavours with preserving the environment.

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