From Serene Oceanside Chapels to Landscaped Rooftop Terraces

By: Katherine Pendrill - Jul 31, 2016
As the July 2016 architecture trends reveal, designers are increasingly looking for new ways to bring us closer to the natural world. Whether this means building in a remote location or bringing a bit of green space to an urban metropolis, there is a clear demand for fusing modern architecture with elements of nature.

One of the most unique ways that architects are bringing consumers closer to nature is by building in areas that were once thought to be inhospitable. For example, the German architect Matthias Arndt built a triangular home perched on the edge of a threatening cliff side. Similarly, Christo Vladimirov Javacheff created a series of floating piers located in the middle of Italy's Lake Iseo.

However, the July 2016 architecture trends demonstrate that not everyone is willing to live off-the-grid in order to get closer to nature. As an alternative solution, many architects have found creative ways to add elements of nature to modern buildings. These examples include office towers with terraced gardens, lounges flanked by living walls and villas covered in natural vegetation.