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Top 100 Architecture Trends in 2017

From Floating Hurricane-Resistant Homes to LEGO-Like Gardens

— January 27, 2018 — Art & Design
Architects often get teased for their sense of self-importance, but the 2017 architecture trends show that the practice is indeed important in society as a whole. Especially with regard to the current climate surrounding, well, the climate, the ability to create buildings with green features is increasingly important.

In theory, buildings are meant to be permanent structures. In practice, modern developments eventually lead to the dismantling of many buildings, but in any case most buildings stand for decades (if not centuries). Considering the long-term impact of buildings on the urban landscape and the potential carbon footprint that these buildings contribute, building them with efficiency in mind is essential. Fortunately, many architects are doing just that.

For example, Vincent Callebaut Architectures, a French studio, has developed an energy-positive resort that produces energy rather than consuming it thanks to renewable energy sources dotted throughout the landscape. Many other architects are embracing size reductions to save energy, with tiny homes well represented in the 2017 architecture trends.
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Stacked Double Residences
Stacked Double Residences
2DM Architects Built Two Houses into a Single Property
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98
Fireproof Home Extensions
Fireproof Home Extensions
The 'X-Space' Window Offers Inhabitants a Safe Bubble in an Emergency
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97
Rustic Jazz Bars
Rustic Jazz Bars
This Bar Combines Classic Greek Designs With More Contemporary Ones
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96
Modernist Off-Grid Residences
Modernist Off-Grid Residences
'Tropik Works' is the First Fully Off-Grid Home in Costa Rica
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95
Fictional Home Furnishings
Fictional Home Furnishings
Jasper Morrison Designed a VitraHaus Home for a Fictional Inhabitant
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94
Desert Grotto Residences
Desert Grotto Residences
Malka Architecture's 'Mugu House' Brings Natural Elements Indoors
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93
Salvaged Wooden Boathouses
Salvaged Wooden Boathouses
Andersson-Wise's Bunny Run Boat Dock is on Lake Austin
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92
Sparse Office Designs
Sparse Office Designs
Norm Architects Designed this Peaceful, Minimalist Office Space
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91
Architecturally Focused Home Rentals
Architecturally Focused Home Rentals
'Plans Matter' is a Rental Platform for Architecture Lovers
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90
Revitalized Cultural Boutique Hotels
Revitalized Cultural Boutique Hotels
The Jiangnan Boutique Hotel Was Constructed from Old Housing
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89
Compact Public Cabins
Compact Public Cabins
Sam Jacobs' 'Urban Cabin' is Situated in Downtown London
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88
Asymmetrical Sloped Roof Homes
Asymmetrical Sloped Roof Homes
The Single Family House by Andrii Ortynskyi is Irregularly Chic
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87
Artificially Sunken Restaurants
Artificially Sunken Restaurants
Snøhetta's Underwater Dining Venue Design is Partly Submerged
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86
Bold Danish Island Homes
Bold Danish Island Homes
Norkaer+Poulsen Architects' Villa P Has a Steeply Angled Cottage Roof
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85
Futuristic Supercar Museum Buildings
Futuristic Supercar Museum Buildings
The Lamborghini Museum Draws Inspiration from the Vehicles
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84
Flowing Wooden Nurseries
Flowing Wooden Nurseries
Toranoko Nursery has a Stunning View of Mount Fuji
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83
Urban Fabric Houses
Urban Fabric Houses
'MINI LIVING - Breathe' is a Small-Scale, Low-Impact City Dwelling
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82
Gothic Concrete Flooring
Gothic Concrete Flooring
ETH Zurich's Concrete Floor Slabs are Inspired by Catalonian Vaults
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81
Curvaceous Tiered Houses
Curvaceous Tiered Houses
Fran Silvestre Arquitectos' Spanish House Frames Seven Gardens
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80
Reimagined Modern Home Designs
Reimagined Modern Home Designs
Paula Santos Arquitectura's Porto Home Riffs on Typical Designs
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79
Tidal Observation Museums
Tidal Observation Museums
Thames River Museum Would Offer Views of the Thames' Tidal Movement
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78
Canopy-Covered Coast Homes
Canopy-Covered Coast Homes
The Tent House Transitions for Different Weather Conditions
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77
Origami Eastern Bloc Buildings
Origami Eastern Bloc Buildings
'Brutal East' is a DIY Set of Paper Buildings from the Soviet Era
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76
Fake City Photography
Fake City Photography
Gregor Sailer's 'Potemkin Villages' Highlight Fake Cities Around the World
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75
Photovoltaic Skating Rinks
Photovoltaic Skating Rinks
This Concept Uses Ice Skating to Generate Electricity
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74
Hobbit-Inspired Homes
Hobbit-Inspired Homes
This Grotto Home Encourages Occupants to Get In Touch with Nature
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73
Cantilevered Treetop Houses
Cantilevered Treetop Houses
The Skywalk Treehouse Lets Inhabitants Walk Right Out to the Canopy
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72
Wood-Clad Garden Gyms
Wood-Clad Garden Gyms
Eastwest Architecture has Built a Gym in the Garden of a London Home
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71
Urban Tree Installations
Urban Tree Installations
This German Start-Up Aims to Reduce Pollution Using Vertical Planters
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70
Fashionable Lifestyle Cafes
Fashionable Lifestyle Cafes
The Design of the Primo Cafe Bar Celebrates Style & Sustainability
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69
Ramping Rooftop Gardens
Ramping Rooftop Gardens
Bam! Arquitectura Designed a Buenos Aires Home with a Multi-Level Garden
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68
Stable-Inspired Tiny Homes
Stable-Inspired Tiny Homes
The Ostara Tiny Home Takes Design Cues From Equine Architecture
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67
Cutesy Woodland Cottages
Cutesy Woodland Cottages
The Wooden House by Studio PIKAPLUS Sits in the Hills of Slovenia
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66
Floating Water Cities
Floating Water Cities
The Seasteading Institute Unveiled Plans to Build the First Floating City
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65
Feline-Friendly Tiny Homes
Feline-Friendly Tiny Homes
This Pet-Friendly Home Lets Your Cat Enjoy Mobile Living
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64
Modular Kid-Friendly Playhouses
Modular Kid-Friendly Playhouses
Grimshaw's 'MySpace' Cubby House Lets Kids Design Their Play Space
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63
Elevated Cliffside Dwellings
Elevated Cliffside Dwellings
Manofactory Designed 'Nestinbox' Houses to Hang from Cliffs
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62
Colorful Amorphous Playgrounds
Colorful Amorphous Playgrounds
The Mountain Lake Park Playground is a Joyous Playscape
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61
Redesigned London Nightclubs
Redesigned London Nightclubs
OMA's Ippolito Pestellini Laparelli Redesigned the Ministry of Sound
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60
Boxy Red Cabins
Boxy Red Cabins
'Spackhuggaren' is a Quaint Cabin for an Avid Sailor and His Family
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59
Contemporary Dorm-Style Hostels
Contemporary Dorm-Style Hostels
The 'Long Story Short' Hostel Targets the Contemporary Traveler
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58
Modular Mobile Offices
Modular Mobile Offices
Coroflot's Mobile Office Space is Built on a Trailer with Translucent Walls
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57
Retractable Restaurant Extensions
Retractable Restaurant Extensions
This Retractable Wall System Accommodates More Dining Guests
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56
Rent-to-Own Housing Projects
Rent-to-Own Housing Projects
Cass Community Social Services Has Completed Six Tiny Homes
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55
Refurbished Mid-Century Modern Homes
Refurbished Mid-Century Modern Homes
Laurelhurst MidCentury is a Renovated 60s Ibsen Nelsen Home
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54
Rugged Prefab Cabins
Rugged Prefab Cabins
Gapahuk is Designed to Handle the Harsh Weather of Norway's Mountains
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53
Fitness-Fused Retail Stores
Fitness-Fused Retail Stores
'Runner Camp' Fuses Fitness with Retail in Shanghai
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52
Minimalist Modern Chalets
Minimalist Modern Chalets
Studio Razavi Rethinks the Classic Chalet While Sticking to Strict Rules
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51
Converted Bus Accommodations
Converted Bus Accommodations
The Big Green Bus Hotel Offers a Charming Glamping Experience
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50
Sunlit Glass Houses
Sunlit Glass Houses
IDEE Architects' Mian Farm Cottage Combines Modern Design with Rusticness
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49
Mini Car Brand Homes
Mini Car Brand Homes
The Tesla Tiny House Can be Towed by the Brand's Vehicles
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48
Energy-Positive Eco-Resorts
Energy-Positive Eco-Resorts
The Nautilus Eco-Resort Embraces Sustainable Architectural Designs
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47
Woodsy Tented Houses
Woodsy Tented Houses
Chris Tate's Tent House is a Personal Retreat in the New Zealand Forests
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46
Rooftop Bedroom Suites
Rooftop Bedroom Suites
Office of Architecture Maximized Space in a Narrow Brooklyn Home
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45
Architectural Fabric Installations
Architectural Fabric Installations
Do Ho Suh's Art at the Victoria Miro Gallery Explores Space
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44
Budget-Friendly Bunker Homes
Budget-Friendly Bunker Homes
Mami House is Stylish While Sticking to a Budget
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43
Lego-Like Gardens
Lego-Like Gardens
The Modular Growmore System Makes Creative Gardening Accessible
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42
Minimalist Wooden Homes
Minimalist Wooden Homes
The Futteralhaus Homes Are Sheathed In White-Stained Coniferous Wood
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41
Collaborative Technology Offices
Collaborative Technology Offices
The David Ho Mobvoi Office Boasts a Bright, Spirited Design
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40
Elevated Prefab Hideout Cabins
Elevated Prefab Hideout Cabins
The Kudhva Prefab Cabins are Perched Above the Treetops
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39
Stacked Cubic Tree Houses
Stacked Cubic Tree Houses
The Qiyun Mountain Tree House Offers Panoramic Views
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38
Floating Hurricane-Resistant Homes
Floating Hurricane-Resistant Homes
Arkup's "Livable Yachts" Can Withstand Category Four Winds
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37
Modern Stone Rubble Dwellings
Modern Stone Rubble Dwellings
This Old Stone House was Renovated to Bring it into the Modern Era
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36
Minimalist Bangkok Cafe-Bars
Minimalist Bangkok Cafe-Bars
The New Common room Ari Location was Designed by party/space/design
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35
Curvaceous Wooden Domes
Curvaceous Wooden Domes
The 'Dome of Visions' Explores Wood as an Eco-Friendly Alternative
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34
Family-Friendly Tiny Houses
Family-Friendly Tiny Houses
The Escher Home Proves That Tiny Living Can Suit Young Families
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33
Cozy Mini Hotel Cabins
Cozy Mini Hotel Cabins
The In-Tenta 'Drop Box' Portable Hotel Suite is Compact Yet Functional
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32
Modular Pre-Fab Shelters
Modular Pre-Fab Shelters
The SmartDome is a Pre-fab Shelter That's Both Modular and Mobile
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31
Themed Adult-Only Hotels
Themed Adult-Only Hotels
'Grand Portals Nous' Features Five Uniquely Themed Rooms
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30
Prefab Outdoor Cork Cabins
Prefab Outdoor Cork Cabins
The 'Ecocubo' Nature Cabin is Crafted Using Eco-Friendly Materials
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29
Modular Floating Cabins
Modular Floating Cabins
The DD16 Floating Cabin Blends Modern Design with Functionality
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28
Outdoor Multi-Age Playgrounds
Outdoor Multi-Age Playgrounds
BAM's Indigo Playgrounds are Designed for Children of Varying Ages
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27
Cavernous Tiny Homes
Cavernous Tiny Homes
The Pemberley's Flexibly Spacious Layout Redefines Tiny Living
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26
In-Office Basketball Courts
In-Office Basketball Courts
Nike's New Global Headquarters is Full of Millennial-Friendly Perks
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25
Heavy-Duty Expedition Vehicles
Heavy-Duty Expedition Vehicles
Bliss Mobil's Campers are Perfect for Traveling to Remote Areas
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24
Lakeside Micro Cabins
Lakeside Micro Cabins
The Nisser Micro Cabin is Covered in a Blond Timber Facade
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23
Charred Timber Prefab Houses
Charred Timber Prefab Houses
The Muji Hut is an Affordable Prefab Cottage
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22
Buried Icelandic Landhouses
Buried Icelandic Landhouses
Gardur Landhouse is Blends into the Region's Rolling Dunes
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21
Architectural Sledding Paths
Architectural Sledding Paths
A Sledding Path will Loop Around the Roof of the Beijing Civic Center
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20
Mobile Shipping Container Boutiques
Mobile Shipping Container Boutiques
The Garnet Hill Shop is Housed in an Old Shipping Container
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19
Flexible Room Furniture
Flexible Room Furniture
Ori Smart Systems is a Robotic Modular Room Designed for Small Spaces
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18
Minimalist Oasis Homes
Minimalist Oasis Homes
The Courtyard House by Robson Rak Architects Boasts Stark Details
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17
Stackable Zero-Energy Homes
Stackable Zero-Energy Homes
The '#150 Skilpod' is a Stackable Prefab Home for Eco-Friendly Living
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16
Mini All-in-One Apartments
Mini All-in-One Apartments
The 'Taac' Micro Apartment is a Living Space, Office and More
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15
Futuristic Container Homes
Futuristic Container Homes
This Joshua Tree Residence is Made Out of Multiple Shipping Containers
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14
Affordable Shipping Container Apartments
Affordable Shipping Container Apartments
Tempohousing Nigeria Repurposes Old Shipping Containers
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13
Homeless Shelter Pods
Homeless Shelter Pods
Homes for Hope Works Around Los Angeles' Zoning Laws
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12
Peaceful Minimalist Homes
Peaceful Minimalist Homes
'House Rheder' is Designed to Be as Reductive as Possible
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11
Self-Constructing Buildings
Self-Constructing Buildings
These Self-Deploying Buildings Can Pop Up in Eight Minutes
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10
Urban Fitness Brand Popups
Urban Fitness Brand Popups
The Nike + Run Club Shanghai Popup is Interactive and Futuristic
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9
Parking Space-Sized Homes
Parking Space-Sized Homes
The 'Tikku' House Offers All Necessary Amenities in a Compact Space
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8
Cylindrical Tree Houses
Cylindrical Tree Houses
Malan Vorster's Paarman Treehouse Gives Panoramic Forest Views
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7
DIY Prefab Cabin Homes
DIY Prefab Cabin Homes
The Ecokit Prefabricated Cabins Can be Erected without Professional Help
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6
Hanging Treehouse Homes
Hanging Treehouse Homes
The 'Sequoia Shelter' is a Practical Solution for Off-the-Grid Living
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5
Customized Eco Homes
Customized Eco Homes
The eXo/nat Concept is a Modern and Adaptable Alternative to Green Living
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4
Refined Moveable Tiny Houses
Refined Moveable Tiny Houses
The RoadHaus Wedge Offers Modest Living Space and a Queen Size Bed
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3
Moveable Prefab Dwellings
Moveable Prefab Dwellings
The Koda Moveable Home Can be Shifted to a New Location
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2
Two-Story Shipping Container Cafes
Two-Story Shipping Container Cafes
The Spout Coffee Company is Made Up of Two Shipping Containers
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1
Prebuilt Mobile Dwellings
Prebuilt Mobile Dwellings
These Small Mobile Homes are Delivered Ready to Live in
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