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Top 100 Architecture Trends in 2016

From Spherical Greenhouse Pavilions to Rose Perforated Museums

— January 29, 2017 — Eco
Whether they are vast and expansive structures or small homes, 2016 architecture trends are as awe-inspiring as ever. Some of the more prominent themes that can be found in the realm of architecture this year are pavilions that interact with people and the environment simultaneously, and museums that are built to be as fascinating as the artifacts they hold.

One example of pavilions being used for functional, artistic and environmental purposes simultaneously is the spherical one designed by urban living specialists and architects. The pavilion functions as an outdoor greenhouse in which visitors can sit and relax, and makes a statement on the benefits that can be reaped with the fusion of eco-living and architecture in urban environments.

The Rose Museum in Beijing, China takes after its name in both function and in its appearance. In order to stand out, the exterior of the building is covered in perforated metal – with its perforations taking the form of roses. This building is just one example of many other museums that were designed to capture the attention of visitors before they even enter their doors.

For those seeking to further their understanding of some thought-provoking trends, Trend Hunter's FREE 2017 Trend Report reveals a variety of key insights in different industries.
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Abstractly Gabled Health Clinics
Abstractly Gabled Health Clinics
Hirano Clinic is a Medical Center in Japan's Aichi Prefecture
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Rejuvenated Photography Museums
Rejuvenated Photography Museums
This Museum Features Exposed Columns and a Glazed Facade
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98
Tsunami-Resistant Gymnasia
Tsunami-Resistant Gymnasia
TCF Architects has Built an Tsunami-Proof Elementary School Gym
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97
Repurposed Sunday School Condos
Repurposed Sunday School Condos
'Sunday School Lofts' Will Use an Early 20th Century Church Facade
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96
Crescent Viking Museums
Crescent Viking Museums
The AART Architects Conceptual Building Design Opts for a Curved Aesthetic
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95
Political Future City Concepts
Political Future City Concepts
'Co.Design' Enlisted Experts to Imagine a City Under Trump
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94
Perforated Office Buildings
Perforated Office Buildings
This Office Building In Brazil is Sheathed In a Latticed Layer
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93
Pyramid Museum Extensions
Pyramid Museum Extensions
The Switch House is an Addition to the Tate Modern Art Gallery
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92
Timber Student Towers
Timber Student Towers
This University Residence is the World's Tallest Wooden Residential Tower
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91
Assisted Living Villages
Assisted Living Villages
'The Lantern' Taps into Nostalgic Memories With a Neighborhood Set-Up
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90
Partially Buried Archaeology Museums
Partially Buried Archaeology Museums
'Archeopark Pavlov' Displays Pieces from the Paleolithic Era
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89
Cupboard-Concealing Offices
Cupboard-Concealing Offices
This Renovated Berlin Office's Walls Feature Hidden Cupboards
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88
Sharp Triangular Buildings
Sharp Triangular Buildings
The Sebrae Bonito Headquarters Juts Out at Aggressive Acute Angles
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87
Cubistic Crater Museums
Cubistic Crater Museums
NARTARCHITECTS Puts Together an Institution Located Inside a Rock Cavity
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86
Historic Museum Renovations
Historic Museum Renovations
Planners will Incorporate Modern Architecture into the Museo del Prado
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85
Wood-Framed High-Rises
Wood-Framed High-Rises
This Swedish Architecture Firm Will Design a Cultural Center with Wood
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84
Converted Modernist Banks
Converted Modernist Banks
KAAN Architecten's New Studio is in a Bank Building from the 1950s
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83
Redesigned Bank Collectives
Redesigned Bank Collectives
The Crew Offices and Cafe Renovated Montreal's Historic Royal Bank
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82
Artificially Crumbling Facades
Artificially Crumbling Facades
SLETH Architects' Sonnesgade 11 Looks Like Crumbling Marble
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81
Bubbly Parliament Buildings
Bubbly Parliament Buildings
This Parliament Concept Would Be Located In a Bubble On the River
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80
Revamped Medieval Hotels
Revamped Medieval Hotels
This Spanish Hotel Combines Modern and Medieval Architecture
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79
Rose-Perforated Buildings
Rose-Perforated Buildings
The World's First Rose Museum Displays Its Main Subject Front and Center
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Robot-Crafted Concrete Molds
Robot-Crafted Concrete Molds
'Mesh Mould Metal' Enables Plasticity in Concrete Shaping
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77
Wondrous Scientific Playgrounds
Wondrous Scientific Playgrounds
Muf's Wonderlab is an Installation in London's Science Museum
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76
Recycled Historical Material Museums
Recycled Historical Material Museums
Ningbo History Museum is Built with Debris from Old Villages
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75
Skeletal Building Facades
Skeletal Building Facades
The Steel Facade of 'XOCO 325' is Shaped Like Massive Bones
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74
Battleship-Inspired Office Buildings
Battleship-Inspired Office Buildings
1200 Intrepid is in Philadelphia's Historic Navy Yard
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73
Abstractly Angled Apses
Abstractly Angled Apses
'Chapel in Valleaceron' has a Uniquely Geometrical Layout
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72
Wooden Football Stadiums
Wooden Football Stadiums
The Forest Green Rovers New Stadium is the First Ever All-Wood Design
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71
Slightly Slanted Churches
Slightly Slanted Churches
JAJA Architects' Design is the First Church in Copenhagen in 27 Years
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70
Playful Community Center Buildings
Playful Community Center Buildings
This Danish Building's Visuals & Aesthetics Promote Adult Play
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69
Southeast Asian Art Bunkers
Southeast Asian Art Bunkers
The Feuerle Collection is Built in a WWII Bunker in Berlin
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68
Encased Apartment Facades
Encased Apartment Facades
atelier7architektura's Revitalized Building in Warsaw is Glass-Covered
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67
Towering Religious Structures
Towering Religious Structures
Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir will be the Tallest Religious Building
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66
Space-Efficient Schools
Space-Efficient Schools
Delhi Public School's Design Maximizes Available Space
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Rollercoaster-Inspired Library Buildings
Rollercoaster-Inspired Library Buildings
Vaughan Public Library Features Novel Curved Elements
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Pixellated Brick Apartments
Pixellated Brick Apartments
Residenza Le Stelle's Facade Looks Pixellated in Real Life
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63
Barn-Inspired Community Centers
Barn-Inspired Community Centers
Bernardo Bader's Building References Rural Austrian Architecture
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62
Perforated Brick Pavilions
Perforated Brick Pavilions
The Nghia-Architect Urban Abode Uses a Rock Facade to Create Privacy
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61
Carbon-Fibre Pavilions
Carbon-Fibre Pavilions
The V&A Museum Courtyard is Constructed Using Robotic Weaving
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60
Turf-Topped Office Buildings
Turf-Topped Office Buildings
The AXA Building by Santiago Calatrava Will Be in a Train Station
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59
Mesmerizing Museum Designs
Mesmerizing Museum Designs
This Shenzhen Museum Embraces Deconstructivist Design Principles
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58
Cutting-Edge American Galleries
Cutting-Edge American Galleries
The Whitney Museum of American Art Highlights Contemporary Artists
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57
Vertiginous Timber Towers
Vertiginous Timber Towers
The River Beech Tower Will Rise 80 Storeys Above the Chicago River
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56
Terraced Lakeside Complexes
Terraced Lakeside Complexes
'BIG' and 'BARCODE Architects' 'Sluishuis' is a Port on IJburg Lake
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55
Virtual Reality Museums
Virtual Reality Museums
The Tennessee State Museum Will Appeal to a New Generation with VR Tech
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Rust-Paneled Homes
Rust-Paneled Homes
Alt Arkkitehdit Clad This Woodland House in Rusted Corten Steel
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53
Glazed Urban Skyscrapers
Glazed Urban Skyscrapers
These Modern Skyscrapers Will Offer Residential, Hotel and Office Space
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52
Geometric Rainbow Architecure
Geometric Rainbow Architecure
The Design of This High School Provides a Bright Learning Space
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51
Sloped Conservation Homes
Sloped Conservation Homes
The Cinco Casas Houses Limit Disruption To The Natural Landscape
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50
Tree-Filled Homes
Tree-Filled Homes
'A House in Trees' Combats the Smog of the Surrounding Town
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49
Anvil-Shaped Museums
Anvil-Shaped Museums
This Indian Museum Honors Independence Activist Jayaprakash Narayan
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48
Underground Visitor Centers
Underground Visitor Centers
The Skamlingsbanken Visitor Center Will Have a Grassy Roof
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Hip Hop Museum Concepts
Hip Hop Museum Concepts
This Museum Will Focus on the Music Genre That Drives Pop Culture
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46
Aluminum Louvre-Covered Cafes
Aluminum Louvre-Covered Cafes
'Louvrewall' is Both a Cafe and a Residence in South Korea
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45
Colorful Geometric Mosques
Colorful Geometric Mosques
The 'Australian Islamic Center' Comprises a Series of Triangular Rooms
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44
Record-Breaking LEGO Buildings
Record-Breaking LEGO Buildings
This Burj Khalifa Replica is the World's Tallest LEGO Building
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Molecular Facade Designs
Molecular Facade Designs
Claudio Vilarinho's Facade Takes Inspiration from Solar Panel Molecules
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Paradoxically Puzzling Auditoria
Paradoxically Puzzling Auditoria
This Auditorium by Penda Uses Mirrors to Discombobulate Viewers
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Contextual Urban Hotels
Contextual Urban Hotels
Amsterdam's INK Hotel is Situated Within a Historic Building
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Twisting Glass Towers
Twisting Glass Towers
'Kavanagh Street' is a Family of Mixed-Use Towers Proposed for Melbourne
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Robot-Fabricated Pavilions
Robot-Fabricated Pavilions
This Futuristic Canopy Will Be Constructed by Robots
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Woven Concrete Structures
Woven Concrete Structures
Weave.X Was Built Through the Use of Computational Design
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37
Origami Fortune Teller Buildings
Origami Fortune Teller Buildings
The 'Design Museum' London is Shaped Like the Kid's Game
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36
Community-Focused Residences
Community-Focused Residences
The Rental Space Tower Prioritizes Shared Spaces Over Private Ones
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35
Art Deco Skyscrapers
Art Deco Skyscrapers
This New York Skyscraper is Inspired By Retro Art Deco Architecture
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34
Honeycomb Staircase Structures
Honeycomb Staircase Structures
'Vessel' Will be a Towering Stairway in New York's Hudson Yards
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Furniture Brand Museums
Furniture Brand Museums
An IKEA Museum is Opening to Showcase the Iconic Swedish Furniture
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Architectural Barrier Walls
Architectural Barrier Walls
'Prison-Wal' Turns a Controversial Idea into a Celebration of Mexico
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Luminous Store Concepts
Luminous Store Concepts
This Spanish Store's Home-Inspired Layout Maximizes Illumination
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Vast Bicycle Hotels
Vast Bicycle Hotels
The Lillestrom Bicycle Hotel Lets People Store Bicycles for Monthly Fees
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Farming-Focused Residential Skyscrapers
Farming-Focused Residential Skyscrapers
This Danish Building Will Be Fitted With Balcony Gardens
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Retractable Workshop Walls
Retractable Workshop Walls
Stal Collectief's 'Hofer Pavilion' Opens Itself to the Elements
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Arched Translucent Bamboo Pavilions
Arched Translucent Bamboo Pavilions
ZCB Bamboo Pavilion in Hong Kong is Designed to Host Events
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All-American Museum Buildings
All-American Museum Buildings
The Museum of the West Pays Homage to the American West's Landscape
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Diamond-Latticed Shopping Centers
Diamond-Latticed Shopping Centers
Acme's John Lewis Facade Design is a White Concrete Lattice
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Sustainable Residential Towers
Sustainable Residential Towers
The 'Beacon' Tower Uses Heat Extraction Pumps and Solar Panels
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Architectural LEGO Creations
Architectural LEGO Creations
These LEGO Versions of Architectural Wonders Are Truly Awe-Inspiring
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Surface-Inspired Cliffside Hotels
Surface-Inspired Cliffside Hotels
The Alps Cliff Hotel Draws Inspiration from the Landscape
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Golden Mall Installations
Golden Mall Installations
Hong Kong's K11 Features Inflatable 'Golden Bubbles' Across the Mall
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Turtle Shell Yoga Pavilions
Turtle Shell Yoga Pavilions
IBUKU's Yoga Pavilion Connects People with Nature
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Oasis-Inspired Museum Buildings
Oasis-Inspired Museum Buildings
The Urban Heritage Museum Administration Centre is in Saudi Arabia
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Clay-Built Hotels
Clay-Built Hotels
This Clay Hotel Looks Like Something Straight Out of a Fairy Tale
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Minimalist Youth Hostels
Minimalist Youth Hostels
This Space Was Designed to Accommodate Passing Travelers
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16
Climbable Bookshelf Exhibits
Climbable Bookshelf Exhibits
This Unique Bookshelf Design Allows People to Climb Up It
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Futuristic Naval Pavilions
Futuristic Naval Pavilions
'KAPKAR.SF-P7S' is a Temporary Space for Stichting Fabrikaat Architects
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Inflatable Nightclubs
Inflatable Nightclubs
This Blow-Up Building Was Made for the Federation of Swiss Architects' Party
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Cylindrical Log Cabins
Cylindrical Log Cabins
Jan Henrik Jansen's 'Birkedal' is a Holiday Home in Denmark
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Tranquil Meditation Pavilions
Tranquil Meditation Pavilions
The 'Meditation Pavilion' is in a Peaceful Park in Geneva
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11
Elevated Timber Cabins
Elevated Timber Cabins
These Hillside Cabins Provide Individual Lodgings for the Awasi Hotel
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10
Translucent Marble Cube Buildings
Translucent Marble Cube Buildings
REX Designed the Ronald O. Perelman Performing Arts Center
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9
Architectural Jungle Gyms
Architectural Jungle Gyms
The 'be-MINE' Design is a Giant Play Area on a Belgian Hillside
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8
Former Garage Bathhouses
Former Garage Bathhouses
'Onsen' is a Japanese Bathhouse in a Former Auto Body Shop
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Translucent Metallic Pavilions
Translucent Metallic Pavilions
The Cloud Pavilion is a Shimmering Glass and Metal Structure
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6
Modular Garden Pavilions
Modular Garden Pavilions
Casper Schols' 'Garden House' Has Sliding Walls that Offer Many Layouts
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Flood-Proof River Refuges
Flood-Proof River Refuges
This Floating Pavilion Reacts to the Rise and Fall of the Water Way
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All-White Cube Houses
All-White Cube Houses
The MM House in Mallorca Consists of Four White Angular Cubes
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Spherical Greenhouse Pavilions
Spherical Greenhouse Pavilions
This Circular Pavilion Features Green Wall Elements
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2
Greenhouse-Inspired Hotels
Greenhouse-Inspired Hotels
The Ovolo Woolloomooloo Hotel Project by Hassell is Inspired by Nature
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Mini Backyard Offices
Mini Backyard Offices
The Backyard Room Aids Workers in Their Quest to Stay Home
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