Commercial construction is changing across multiple design facets to meet the growing demand for efficient and low-cost maintenance business or industrial complexes. Today, the function is no longer the sole objective of designing business or office buildings. Esthetics and branding are increasingly becoming important, as project owners and architects have stepped up to address these requirements. Commercial architecture is evolving rapidly and will incorporate ground-breaking ideas and technology where applicable. The result is commercial spaces that are as functionally sound as they’re beautiful to behold. Here are some of the trends worth following in modern architectural designs:
- Incorporation of Form to Complement Space
- Natural Light
- Alternative Construction Materials
- Coherence in Branding
- Architectural LED Display Integration
- Open Floor Plans
A look at most skyline-defining buildings in many cities reveals a popular architectural trend—shapes that mimic the real world. Advancements in construction technology allow architects to incorporate clean lines and appropriate shapes that enhance the occupant’s experiences. These architectural expressions enable the creation of spaces that are not only functional but also enjoyable to use.
The beauty and comfort of natural light make it a vital ingredient in any modern-day architecture. Often, project owners will demand it as a deliverable toward their eco-friendly commercial building objectives. Architects are increasingly thinking outside the box and developing innovative ways to implement this, letting occupants make the most of natural (daytime) light. They’re not just providing for large windows in their designs. Rather, they’re looking at the bigger picture to determine the best way in which different areas of a building can benefit from direct sunlight at different times of the day.
Each construction material has unique properties that lend it to specific design goals, such as building efficiency. So, when a project owner demands a sustainable product, the choice of materials matters, and the architect has to consider it in their design. They have to look into non-conventional solutions that will help deliver on the owner’s expectations of sustainable or eco-friendly design. Just like natural lighting and shapes, this isn’t difficult to implement. These elements of modern designs are today more viable and affordable than ever before, thanks to the availability of advanced construction technologies like synthetic manufacturing or 3D printing.
Modern corporate buildings should be part of the branding story, meaning that the interior and exterior should communicate the same brand message. Inside, the brand may be conveyed with graphics and other tools. For the messaging to remain coherent outside, there should be a level of consistency in the commercial building’s color palette as well as the choice of construction materials.
Giant digital displays have become an important part of exterior design for most commercial buildings. They aren’t an afterthought anymore. Instead, architects integrate these LED lighting technologies in their designs, offering users the convenience of updating their branding in real-time. These architectural enhancements make it possible to show off commercial buildings in a positive light and create attractive business locations.
Open interiors are highly attractive to corporate tenants that require versatile office spaces. Unlike permanently fixed compartments, these flexible designs offer open areas that may be quickly partitioned or reorganized to satisfy dynamic user demands. While designing these spaces, architects can make provisions for private, exclusive areas as needed.
These are some of the design ideas that are incorporated in the creation of modern businesses or industrial complexes. At Proforma Construction, we’re always keeping pace with the latest technology and best practices to deliver superior architectural designs. Contact us today to learn more.