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Top 100 Architecture Trends in 2013

From Illusory Log Cabins to Spheric Summer Homes

— February 1, 2014 — Eco
The top 2013 architecture trends reflect a shift in the mentality of modern society. Portability, simplicity and planet preservation are at the forefront of architects' minds and this is certainly reflected in today's buildings, skyscrapers, homes and other buildings.

Many architects have taken to designing structures that either work with the world's eco-systems or that make use of its resources in a sustainable and respectful manner. Many structures are now being built into trees, cliffs and even submerged in water. Spaces that are able to heat or light themselves are also on the rise, as consumers are not only looking to help preserve the planet, but to cut back on costs as well.

Simplicity is reflected in many designers' decision to transform abandoned spaces into ones with completely new functions and purposes. Decrepit lighthouses, farmhouses and industrial warehouses are now being transformed into modern homes and contemporary museums.

For more insight into how the 2013 architecture trends are catering eco-friendly and simplicity-seeking consumers, check out Trend Hunter's Architecture Trend Report.
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Modular Hexagonal Homes
Modular Hexagonal Homes
Barry Jackson's HIVEHAUS is a Modular Housing Design Inspired by Bees
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97
Recycled Material-Built Stores
Recycled Material-Built Stores
This Chinese Nike Store is Made from Recycled Objects
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96
Sitcom Floor Plan Replications
Sitcom Floor Plan Replications
One Artist Recreates Famous Apartment Floor Plans From Television
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95
Literary Feature Walls
Literary Feature Walls
Library House Was Designed Around the Necessity for Expansive Book Storage
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94
Massive Sustainable Offices
Massive Sustainable Offices
The Google Tel Aviv Office is Mind-Blowing
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93
Garage-Inserted Workplaces
Garage-Inserted Workplaces
The Drukta & Formail Office Sits Alongside Covered Parking Spaces
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92
Minimalist Wood-Accented Residences
Minimalist Wood-Accented Residences
The House F by Ido Kenji Serenely Embraces Contemporary Design
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91
Secluded Sanctuary Hotels
Secluded Sanctuary Hotels
The Songjiang Hotel is Built Straight into an Abandoned Quarry
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90
House-Like Lodgings
House-Like Lodgings
The Wiesergut Hotel is at Once Luxurious and Homey
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89
Whimsical Transforming Apartments
Whimsical Transforming Apartments
Vlad Mishin Hid All Functions Behind Walls in This Apartment
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88
Sci-Fi-Inspired Coffee Shops
Sci-Fi-Inspired Coffee Shops
Haldane Martin Has Designed This Brilliant Steampunk Café
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87
Ultra-Compact Living Quarters
Ultra-Compact Living Quarters
The Living Cube by Till Koenneker Features Ample Storage and Space
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86
Organically Industrialized Apartments
Organically Industrialized Apartments
The Panamby Apartment in Brazil is Made with Raw Materials
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85
Hydroponic Wine Cellars
Hydroponic Wine Cellars
Carly Dean and Peter Gudonis' Wine Garden is Sustainable Drinking Solution
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84
Serene Pond Abodes
Serene Pond Abodes
This Forest Pond House Accommodates Meditative Family Getaways
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83
Contrast-Heavy Urban Apartments
Contrast-Heavy Urban Apartments
This Montreal Apartment is a Metropolitan Dream
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82
Minimalist Fortress-Like Farmsteads
Minimalist Fortress-Like Farmsteads
The Tom Ford Ranch by Tadao Ando is Domineeringly Beautiful
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81
Expansive Modernistic Attics
Expansive Modernistic Attics
This Swedish Apartment is Spacious and Inspiring
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80
Compact Milk Carton Abodes
Compact Milk Carton Abodes
The House in Hiyoshi Makes the Most of a Small Space
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79
Portable Rural Homes
Portable Rural Homes
The 'APH80' Rural Home by 'ABATON' Has a Calm, Organic Feel
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78
Floating Luxury Hotels
Floating Luxury Hotels
The Spitbank Fort in England is a Secluded Private Sea Resort
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77
Fabulously Futuristic Boutiques
Fabulously Futuristic Boutiques
The Stuart Weitzman Boutique Aesthetic is Futuristic Minimalist
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76
Steampunk Tree Trunk Seating
Steampunk Tree Trunk Seating
This DIY Tree Trunk Furniture is Easy to Make
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75
Transparent Residence Extensions
Transparent Residence Extensions
The Glass House by AR Design Studio Modernizes a Historical Home
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74
Maze-Filled Minimalist Houses
Maze-Filled Minimalist Houses
The House of Hyogo Cascades Through Stairs and Slopes
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73
Modern Wood Cabin Residences
Modern Wood Cabin Residences
The Skyward House by Kazuhiko Kishimoto is Contemporary and Woodsy
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72
Contemporary Fashion Cafes
Contemporary Fashion Cafes
The Maison Kitsune Tokyo Store is an Intergrated Model
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71
Luxury Rainbow-Themed Bars
Luxury Rainbow-Themed Bars
Montreal's Wunderbar Lounge is Colorfully Chic
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70
Contemporary Shed Dwellings
Contemporary Shed Dwellings
House VMVK Looks Modest from One Approach, Yet Quite Mod on the Inside
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69
Ultra Modern Barns
Ultra Modern Barns
This Emilio Eftychis Design is Sleek and Eco-Sustainable
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68
Miniature Vagabond Residences
Miniature Vagabond Residences
The Nomad Micro Home is for Wandering Spirits
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67
Luxurious Lighthouse Abodes
Luxurious Lighthouse Abodes
Pacific Bondi Beach Apartments in Sydney Will Light Up Your Life
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66
Contemporary Slide Offices
Contemporary Slide Offices
The Red Bull London Office is an Adult Playground
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65
Indoor Garden Workspaces
Indoor Garden Workspaces
The Cuningham Group Hayden Place Office is Focused on Sustainability
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64
Barn-Shaped House Boats
Barn-Shaped House Boats
This Floating House Design is Done in the Style of a Barn
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63
Self-Sustaining Desert Hotels
Self-Sustaining Desert Hotels
This Modern Hotel Floats on Sand in the Gobi Desert
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62
Curvy Cafeteria Designs
Curvy Cafeteria Designs
Karim Rashid's Food Court Design is Sculptural and Organic
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61
Cramped Apartment Captures
Cramped Apartment Captures
1972 by Noritaka Minami is Depressingly Futuristic
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60
Suspended Coffee Cup Installations
Suspended Coffee Cup Installations
The Installation Over Origo's Bar Makes it a Cool Coffee Shop
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59
Modern Land-Conforming Homes
Modern Land-Conforming Homes
The Croft House Lies Flat to Smoothly Blend in with Its Environment
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58
Nature-Inspired Home Renovations
Nature-Inspired Home Renovations
This Wooden Home Evokes a Rustic Atmostphere
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57
Contemporary Shingle-Clad Cabins
Contemporary Shingle-Clad Cabins
This Eco-Resort is Disguised in Roofing to Sink into its Setting
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56
Playfully Contemporary Offices
Playfully Contemporary Offices
The One Workplace Headquarters by Design Blitz is a Showy Showroom
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55
Spacious City Getaways
Spacious City Getaways
Thomas Griem's Penthouse Apartment Brings a Country Feel into the City
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54
Sleek Suburban Home Makeovers
Sleek Suburban Home Makeovers
Bruns Architecture Turned a Tiny Rancher into an Immaculate Home
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53
Whimsical Vintage Restaurants
Whimsical Vintage Restaurants
One Could Easily Get Lost in this Wonderful Theme Restaurant
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52
Stratified Garden Hotels
Stratified Garden Hotels
The Parkroyal Singapore by Woha Architects is Luxuriously Lush
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51
Practical Tree-House Abodes
Practical Tree-House Abodes
The House on Geul River by Upfrnt Features a Flood-Proof Design
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50
Unconventional Open Office Spaces
Unconventional Open Office Spaces
The Migo Office Design Allows for Creativity and Communication
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49
Industrial Wine Bars
Industrial Wine Bars
The Drop Shop Wine Bar in Budapest Presents a Rustic Feel
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48
Illusory Log Cabins
Illusory Log Cabins
Phillip K Smith III's Log Cabin Design is Nearly Invisible in the Desert
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47
Communal Contemporary Bungalows
Communal Contemporary Bungalows
Cadaval & Solà-Morales Have Created a Communal Paradise
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46
Minimalist Rounded Concrete Studios
Minimalist Rounded Concrete Studios
A31 Architecture Creates a Simplistic Warehouse Art Studio
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45
Converted Barn Abodes
Converted Barn Abodes
Sitio da Leziria was Once a Stable and Cleverly Retains a Similar Program
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44
Upcycled School Bus Homes
Upcycled School Bus Homes
Student Architect Hank Butitta Makes a School Bus Home
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43
Modern Sunken Houses
Modern Sunken Houses
The Edgeland Residence by Bercy Chen Studio is Traditional and Hi-Tech
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42
Extravagant Cliff Dwellings
Extravagant Cliff Dwellings
The Fall House Becomes One with the Landscape
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41
Modern Homes as Art
Modern Homes as Art
Ashburne Designs Does an Amazing Job Elevating the Look of Your Home
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40
Suspended Nature Hideouts
Suspended Nature Hideouts
The Cocoon was Created for Nature Lovers to Leisurely Lounge In
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39
Compact Parisian Studios
Compact Parisian Studios
The Tight Appartement Spectral Was Designed by Betillon and Dorval-Bory
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38
Secluded Cabin Architecture
Secluded Cabin Architecture
These Les Cabanes de Salagnac Properties Fuse Urban Life with Nature
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37
Touchscreen Skyrise Apartments
Touchscreen Skyrise Apartments
Monaco's Odeon Tower Will Feature Advance Architecture and Services
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36
Airy Animal Enclosures
Airy Animal Enclosures
The Geodesic Dome Outdoor Aviary Provides a Happy Home for Animals
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35
Solar Cube Refuges
Solar Cube Refuges
This Temporary Housing Unit Becomes a Home to Victims of Damaged Property
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34
Resourceful Corrugated Cabins
Resourceful Corrugated Cabins
Shelter/Pavilion is an Efficient Emergency Abode of Material Scraps
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33
Wonderfully Wavy Buildings
Wonderfully Wavy Buildings
This Futuristic Building Design Comes from Zaha Hadid Architect
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32
Eco-Friendly Forest Communities
Eco-Friendly Forest Communities
The New Forest Homes in Oyama, Japan are Built to Tree Patterns
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31
Modern Beach Dwellings
Modern Beach Dwellings
The Chanfer Home is a Pod-Like Home Filled with Modern Features
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30
Luxury Modern Tree Houses
Luxury Modern Tree Houses
The E’terra Samara Resort is a Canadian Gem
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29
Narrow Compact Abodes
Narrow Compact Abodes
Shaft House by Atelier rzlbd Makes the Most of a Small-Scaled Space
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28
Boxed Bedding Hotels
Boxed Bedding Hotels
Arch Group Presents a Hotel Made from Modular Sleeping Rooms
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27
Contemporary Concrete Residences
Contemporary Concrete Residences
The Two in One House by clavienrossier architectes is Toy-Like
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26
Upscale Fast Food Cafes
Upscale Fast Food Cafes
This Fast Food Restaurant Design Encourages Lounging
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25
Free-Spirited Floating Homes
Free-Spirited Floating Homes
This Oceanic Pad Offers Scenic Views and Flexibility
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24
Contemporary Outdoor Office Spaces
Contemporary Outdoor Office Spaces
The Skype Palo Alto Offices are a Modern Work Haven
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23
Compact Prefab Homes
Compact Prefab Homes
This Modular Prefab Home Called 'The Passion House' Takes Two Days to Set Up
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22
Suspended Spherical Campers
Suspended Spherical Campers
The Orb Shaped Tree Tent Dwelling by Luminair Remixes Tree Houses
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21
Nature-Integrated School Designs
Nature-Integrated School Designs
This German Kids School Design Has Trees and Textured Salt Walls
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20
Chic Concrete Abodes
Chic Concrete Abodes
The Chair House by Igor Sirotov is Stark and Modern
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19
Luxurious Hill-Covered Houses
Luxurious Hill-Covered Houses
The Villa Vals Switzerland Vacation Homes are Inside the Alps
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18
Eco-Friendly Portable Hotels
Eco-Friendly Portable Hotels
The In-Tenta Drop Eco Hotel Concept is Organic
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17
Suspended Snug Siestas
Suspended Snug Siestas
The Suspended Bed Adds a Touch of Classy Aestheticism While Saving Space
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16
DIY Portable Wooden Sanctuaries
DIY Portable Wooden Sanctuaries
The Hermit Houses Offer a Remarkable Way to Enjoy Nature
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15
Single-Person Eco Homes
Single-Person Eco Homes
This Small Eco House by Renzo Piano is Fit for Just One Person
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14
Two-Meter-Wide Dwellings
Two-Meter-Wide Dwellings
The Slim House Extension Enhances a Narrow Interior with Natural Light
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13
Spheric Summer Homes
Spheric Summer Homes
The Round House by Solo Architects is a Posh Circular Pad
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12
Flat Folding Furniture
Flat Folding Furniture
These Convenient Folding Chairs Are an Artistic Furniture Solution
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11
Tropical Modern Luxury Abodes
Tropical Modern Luxury Abodes
The 'Ettley Residence' is a Modern California Dream House
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10
Pop-Up Retail Carts
Pop-Up Retail Carts
COS Releases a Minimalist Pop-Up Cart to Showcase its Stylish Clothes
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9
Eco-Friendly Cozy Cottages
Eco-Friendly Cozy Cottages
Matali Crasset's 'Le Nichoir' is a Snug Abode Tucked Away in Nature
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8
Egg-Shaped Mobile Workspaces
Egg-Shaped Mobile Workspaces
The Mini Egg House is the Perfect Office for Those on-the-Go
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7
Cozy Eco-Friendly Abodes
Cozy Eco-Friendly Abodes
The Soleta ZeroEnergy One by FITS Focuses on Sustainability in Design
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6
Garage-Style Residences
Garage-Style Residences
Maracana House Features Exposed Concrete Bricks and Chain-Link Railings
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5
Deceptive Concrete Residences
Deceptive Concrete Residences
The AV House by BAK Arquitectos Shows Cement Can Have Warmth
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4
Architectural Pop-Up Art
Architectural Pop-Up Art
These Pop-Up Creations by Peter Dahmen are Intricately Detailed
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3
Compact Portable Houses
Compact Portable Houses
The Port-a-Bach Container Home Provides Freedom of Movement
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2
Submerged Public Spaces
Submerged Public Spaces
Austria's Vocklabruck Spot is Set Beneath the Waters of a Pond
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1
Minimalist Framed Home Designs
Minimalist Framed Home Designs
The Frame House is Supported by a Simple Steel Frame
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