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Top 100 Architecture Trends in 2014

From Floating Farming Systems to Abstractedly Imperfect Homes

— January 11, 2015 — Art & Design
Modern and sustainable experimentation make a huge impact on the top 2014 architecture trends, with a fun focus on luxury intermixed throughout. Designers and architects found ways to push the boundaries this year in order to address not only the needs of an exponentially growing world population, but the wants of modern societies as well.

For the latter, the top 2014 architecture trends point to unique getaways that signal the desire to escape the hustle and bustle of urban lifestyles. For the former, experimenting with compact homes that are nonetheless full of personality ensures that people are able to maintain a sense of individuality even as they adapt to an increase in shoebox condos, prefab homes and other similar architecture.

As for sustainability, the top 2014 architecture trends show that people are maintaining their concern over the environment and adopting that concern in permanent ways in both private and public sectors. This is most apparent in the use of renewable energy, responsible materials and overall quality construction.

For more insight into the ways this year's architecture trends have evolved, check out Trend Hunter's Architecture Trend Report.
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Activity
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Authentically Remodeled Rural Homes
Authentically Remodeled Rural Homes
This Contemporary Warm Home is All About Comfort and Nature
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99
Magical Levitating Beach Houses
Magical Levitating Beach Houses
This Australian Beach House Appears to Levitate Over the Ocean
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98
Extreme Isolated Getaways
Extreme Isolated Getaways
LAD Studio Imagines Villas Located in the Middle of Nowhere
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97
River-Perched Homes
River-Perched Homes
The River House in Serbia Sits on a Rock Formation in the Middle of the Water
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96
Self-Sustainable Abodes
Self-Sustainable Abodes
The Pump House is Tranquil, Bright and Beautifully Crafted
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95
Elaborately Elevated Houses
Elaborately Elevated Houses
This House by F2 Architecture Lifts You Up as You Hover Over the Beach
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94
Kaleidosopic Sandal Shop Art
Kaleidosopic Sandal Shop Art
The We Are Flowers Installation by SOFTlab is Created for Melissa
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93
Bedroom-Inspired Restaurants
Bedroom-Inspired Restaurants
This Modern Restaurant Design is Funny and Fabulous
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92
Mini Mountainside Shelters
Mini Mountainside Shelters
The Cassina Refuge Tonneau is a Compact Capsule for Cozy Remote Living
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91
Sleek Sustainable Abodes
Sleek Sustainable Abodes
This 100% Renewable Energy House is Stunning
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90
Mirrored Farm Buildings
Mirrored Farm Buildings
The Invisible Barn by stpmj is Cleverly Cloaked in Mylar
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89
Anti-Homeless Installments
Anti-Homeless Installments
Nils Norman Depicts the Questionable Nature of ‘Defensive Architecture’
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88
Multilevel Digitized Homes
Multilevel Digitized Homes
Jordan Iverson Built a Three Stop Elevator for a Three Person Home
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87
Ultra-Minimalist Apartments
Ultra-Minimalist Apartments
Mili Mlodzi Ludzie Designs Peters Flat in Poland
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86
Glammed-Up Garage Gazebos
Glammed-Up Garage Gazebos
Illuminated Waterfront Cabin is an Elegant Skeleton of an Old Structure
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85
Chemical-Free Swiming Pools
Chemical-Free Swiming Pools
This Chlorine-Free Pool Uses Biological Filters
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84
Open-Concept Compact Cottages
Open-Concept Compact Cottages
Claim Architecture Creates a Spacious Get Away on a Small Lot
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83
Uncluttered Open Architecture
Uncluttered Open Architecture
The Naked House by Marc Gerritsen Has Open Doors for all to See
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82
Luminous Mountainside Mansions
Luminous Mountainside Mansions
This Unique Mountainside Home is an Architectural Gem
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81
Modern Paradise Homes
Modern Paradise Homes
House of Infinite by Alberto Campo Baeza is Spaciously Serene
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80
Wildly Abstract Office Designs
Wildly Abstract Office Designs
The Sherwin-Williams Office in Malaysia is Vibrant and Modern
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79
Tree House Abodes
Tree House Abodes
This London House Blends Into Its Environment
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78
Zero Energy-Costing Homes
Zero Energy-Costing Homes
The Jesolo Lido Pool Villa by JM Architecture Saves Money for Residences
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77
Futuristically Angular Homes
Futuristically Angular Homes
Geometrix Designs’ Moscow Apartment is Straight Out of the Futu
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76
Boundlessly Luxurious Penthouses
Boundlessly Luxurious Penthouses
The Antokolsky Penthouse Offers a View From the Top
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75
Abstractedly Imperfect Homes
Abstractedly Imperfect Homes
The Open Air Sculpture House Has Room to Breathe
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74
Warped Sculptured Apartment Walls
Warped Sculptured Apartment Walls
This Sculptural Wall is Inside a Micro-Apartment
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73
Design-Centric Toy Bricks (UPDATE)
Design-Centric Toy Bricks (UPDATE)
The LEGO Architecture Set Lets You Make Modern Lofts
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72
Seamlessly Aquatic Architecture
Seamlessly Aquatic Architecture
The Jellyfish House by Weil Arets Architects Blends into the Sea
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71
Hayrack-Inspired Homesteads
Hayrack-Inspired Homesteads
The Black Barn Pulls from Pastoral Influences to Make a Mod Domicile
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70
Eco-Friendly Portuguese Homes
Eco-Friendly Portuguese Homes
Miramar House is Located in a Picturesque Portuguese Town
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69
Contemporary Sustainable Homes
Contemporary Sustainable Homes
The House in Sha Tin Considers the Environment
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68
$100,000,000 Luxury Penthouses
$100,000,000 Luxury Penthouses
Introducing the Most Luxurious, Priciest Apartment in NYC
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67
Modular Cottages
Modular Cottages
The Eco Pod Can Operate Off-The-Grid
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66
Illustration-Filled Hipster Hangouts
Illustration-Filled Hipster Hangouts
Koultoura Coffee Mixes Hipster Design with Good Coffee
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65
Minimalist Wooden Cabins
Minimalist Wooden Cabins
The Ermitage Cabin is a Minimalist Retreat into Swedish Nature
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64
Shipping Container Headquarters
Shipping Container Headquarters
Room 11 Opted for a Meta Design for the Royal Wolf Company
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63
Floating Farming Systems
Floating Farming Systems
'Floating Responsive Agriculture' Will Likely be Tested in Singapore
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62
3D-Printed Mud Houses
3D-Printed Mud Houses
The Wasp 3D Printers Construct Low-Cost Mud Houses
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61
Modern Fortress Houses
Modern Fortress Houses
The Mediterranean Pearl by Spainville is Impressively Imposing
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60
Open Skyline Mansions
Open Skyline Mansions
This Hollywood Hills House Has the Best Views in the City
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59
Surreal Apocalyptic Architecture
Surreal Apocalyptic Architecture
Dionisio Gonzalez Presents Architecture of Resistance
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58
Eco-Friendly Cedar Cabins
Eco-Friendly Cedar Cabins
The Stealth Cabin Combines Modern and Traditional Design Philosophies
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57
Adaptive Compact Architecture
Adaptive Compact Architecture
The Space-Saving Architecture Used for House Fin is Smart
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56
Engaging Playful Residences
Engaging Playful Residences
This Home Features a Mobile Furniture Unit for Flexible Recreation
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55
Garden-Embedded Interiors
Garden-Embedded Interiors
The SISII Office Brings Refreshing Elements Together Under One Roof
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54
Cool Concrete Dwellings
Cool Concrete Dwellings
The GR House Offers Luxurious Comforts
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53
$50,000 Private Writing Sheds
$50,000 Private Writing Sheds
Weston, Surman and Deane Designed a Shed for an Anonymous Writer
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52
Effortless Free-Flowing Homes
Effortless Free-Flowing Homes
This 1960s Residence Has Been Completely Revamped
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51
Sea Shell Hotels
Sea Shell Hotels
The Ark Hotel is a Floating Hotel Concept that Resembles a Shell
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50
Ground Level Tree Houses
Ground Level Tree Houses
The 6a Architects Tree House Design Brings the Tradition to the Ground
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49
Self-Sustainable Floating Cities
Self-Sustainable Floating Cities
Noah's Ark by Aleksandar Joksimovic & Jelena Nikolic is Biblical
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48
Panoramic NYC Apartments
Panoramic NYC Apartments
432 Park Avenue Boasts an $80 Million Penthouse Designed by Deborah Berke
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47
Environmentally Blending Homes
Environmentally Blending Homes
Weston Residence's Sustainable House Merged With the Environment
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46
Imaginatively Abstract Playgrounds
Imaginatively Abstract Playgrounds
Free Play by Dan Schreibman Feeds Children's Creativity
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45
Sturdy Camping Structures
Sturdy Camping Structures
The Trakke Jero Yurt Tent is More Substantial Than Your Standard Shelter
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44
Modular Outback Cabins
Modular Outback Cabins
The Modscape Cabin Functions Off The Grid
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43
Concrete Cabins
Concrete Cabins
Refugi Lieptgas by Nickish Sano Walder Architects is Both Cold and Cozy
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42
Responsive Silicone Residences
Responsive Silicone Residences
The Birds Island Home is an Innovative Eco Architecture Proposal
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41
Energy-Generating Prefab Homes
Energy-Generating Prefab Homes
The P.A.T.H. Home Creates More Energy Than It Uses
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40
In-Home Tree Houses
In-Home Tree Houses
This Brooklyn Artist Built a Full-Sized Tree House in Her Loft
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39
Removable Eco Pods (UPDATE)
Removable Eco Pods (UPDATE)
IN-TENTA Upgrades its Previous Design to the DROP XL
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38
Industrial Penthouse Bachelor Pads
Industrial Penthouse Bachelor Pads
This Penthouse Designed by Jane Kim Creates a Rural, Urban Feel
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37
Futuristic Beach Houses
Futuristic Beach Houses
The Iniala Beach House in Phuket Exudes a Shell-Shape
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36
Cozy Oceanside Homes
Cozy Oceanside Homes
The Provincetown Beach Cabin Brings Comforting Decor to the Seaside
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35
Homeless Microhouse Communities
Homeless Microhouse Communities
This Project Provides Sustainable Tiny Housing for the Homeless
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34
Cabin-Like Mansions
Cabin-Like Mansions
The Martis Camp House by Swaback Partners is Warm and Airy
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33
Submerged Luxury Homes
Submerged Luxury Homes
H2OME Offers Luxury Living Space Under the Ocean
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32
Floating Skyline Havens
Floating Skyline Havens
This Wood Cliffside Home Has Idyllic Views and is Eco-Friendly
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31
Deceptive Cottage RVs
Deceptive Cottage RVs
The Escape Cabin by Kelly Davis is a Tiny House on Wheels
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30
Angular Cantilevered Homes
Angular Cantilevered Homes
The Ga On Jai House Uses the 4 Traditional Korean Building Techniques
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29
Abandoned Mall Photography
Abandoned Mall Photography
These Photos From Abandoned Malls are Hauntingly Beautiful
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28
Sophisticated Rustic Residences
Sophisticated Rustic Residences
The North Lake Wenatchee House by DeForest Architects Has a Secret
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27
Tropical Cozy Cabins
Tropical Cozy Cabins
This Tiny Hawaiian Wood Cabin is Only 200 Square Feet But Feels Airy
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26
Expansive Spiraling Villa Landscapes
Expansive Spiraling Villa Landscapes
The New Flavours Orchard Features Innovative Architecture
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25
Cliff-Hanging Houses
Cliff-Hanging Houses
Modscape Conceptualizes a Contemporary Home that Dangles Off of a Cliff
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24
Graffitied Shipping Container Homes
Graffitied Shipping Container Homes
The Architecture Firm ZeiglerBuild Designed This Abode
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23
Harmonious Sculptural Staircases
Harmonious Sculptural Staircases
This Sculptural Wooden Staircase Pulls a Space Together
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22
Parking Spot Micro Homes
Parking Spot Micro Homes
The SCADPad Turns Public Garages into Mini Cities
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21
Compact Portable Tents
Compact Portable Tents
The Central Asian-Inspired Jero Yurt Can Be Transported in a Car
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20
Contemporary Hipster Offices
Contemporary Hipster Offices
Adobe's New Workspace is Full of Inspiring Office Design Ideas
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19
Camouflaged Forest Cabins
Camouflaged Forest Cabins
This Timber Cabin Blends in with Its Natural Environment
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18
Pure Minimalist Apartments
Pure Minimalist Apartments
The Tsai Residence is Easily Revertible to its Former State
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17
Chic Minimalist Cabins
Chic Minimalist Cabins
This Modern Cabin Designed by Bence Turanyi was Built in Two Days
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16
Minimalist Italian Chalets
Minimalist Italian Chalets
This Cozy Mountain Cabin Keeps You Safe as You Enjoy the Last of Winter
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15
Concealed Tree House Hotels
Concealed Tree House Hotels
Nelson Invites Nature Lovers to Spend a Night Amongst the Trees
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14
Portable Compact Homes
Portable Compact Homes
This Creative Home on Wheels is the Perfect Solution for Smaller Spaces
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13
Playfully Designed Office Spaces
Playfully Designed Office Spaces
Studio O+A is Behind This Vibrant Cisco-Meraki Office Design
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12
Tranquil Fairytale Treehouses
Tranquil Fairytale Treehouses
This Children's Treehouse by Blue Forest is Magical and Peaceful
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11
Affordable Shipping Container Abodes
Affordable Shipping Container Abodes
The Alexander Street Project Gives People in Need Nice Homes
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10
Inexpensive Disaster-Proof Homes
Inexpensive Disaster-Proof Homes
Sustainable.TO's Hurricane-Proof Design is a Competition Winner
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9
Space-Saving Sleepers
Space-Saving Sleepers
The Suspended Bedroom is Both Practically and Stylishly Unique
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8
Revolutionary Micro-Home Initiatives
Revolutionary Micro-Home Initiatives
The Miniature Housing Project of Portland is Making Waves
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7
Rural Off-Grid Cabins
Rural Off-Grid Cabins
The Tintaldra Rural Cabin Blends in Seamlessly With its Rugged Surroundings
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6
Boxed Bedroom Solutions
Boxed Bedroom Solutions
The LOIOS Houses Capsular Chambers Within an Old Historic Structure
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5
Compact Prefab Homes
Compact Prefab Homes
This Modular Prefab Home Called 'The Passion House' Takes Two Days to Set Up
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4
Self-Sufficient Treehouse Homes
Self-Sufficient Treehouse Homes
The Tiny Treehouse-Inspired House on Wheels Keeps Things Compact
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3
Deceptive Cottage-Shaped RVs
Deceptive Cottage-Shaped RVs
The ESCAPE Luxury RV Cabin is Not Your Average Mobile Vehicle
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2
Minimalist Micro-Cabins
Minimalist Micro-Cabins
The Nindo Micro-Cabin Makes a Great Shelter in the Woods
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1
Rustic Japanese-Inspired Homes
Rustic Japanese-Inspired Homes
This Modern Japanese Style House is Spa-Like Yet Warm
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