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Top 75 Architecture Trends in August

From LEGO-Built Concert Halls to Dump Truck-Inspired Homes

— August 26, 2017 — Art & Design
Architecture is clearly an artistic endeavor — as the inventive August 2017 architecture trends show — but it is a unique form of art when compared to others. Whereas painting, writing, filmmaking, or other purely artistic enterprises are products in and of themselves with little to no material function, architecture needs to excel both aesthetically and functionally. The ever-present push and pull of form versus function is crucial to architectural practice.

The August 2017 architecture trends show up on both sides of the form-function divide. On the former, there are buildings like SAMYN and PARTNERS' fire station design, which is designed as a big circle to increase the efficiency of trucks leaving the terminal. For the latter, 'Splendour' is a fictional city master plan designed to highlight China's cultural significance.
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Activity
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Filament-Covered Towers
Filament-Covered Towers
This Hotel by Zaha Hadid Architects Looks Like a Series of Stacked Vases
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74
Anachronistic Concrete Extensions
Anachronistic Concrete Extensions
The National Museum Zurich has a Juxtaposed Modern Wing
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73
Smooth Stark Building Restorations
Smooth Stark Building Restorations
C Plus Architects Renovated a 1950s University in China
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72
Colossal Sound Chambers
Colossal Sound Chambers
Studio Gang's 'The Hive' Features Three Massive, Hive-Like Domes
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71
Iconic Landmark Renovations
Iconic Landmark Renovations
The Seattle Space Needle Renovation Revealed its Intended Design
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70
Perspective-Shifted Windows
Perspective-Shifted Windows
'Modelia Days' Features Windows With Illusive Indentations
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69
Serrated Hotel Buildings
Serrated Hotel Buildings
M89 Hotel in Italy Has a Sharp Series of Teeth on Its Roof
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68
Converted Sex Shop Studios
Converted Sex Shop Studios
Persimmon Hills Architects Transformed a Sex Shop into a Tiny Studio
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67
Precariously Stilted Art Centers
Precariously Stilted Art Centers
Centro Botin was Designed by Renzo Piano Building Workshop
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66
Capacious Tiny Homes
Capacious Tiny Homes
The Traveler XL Limited Easily Sleeps Ten Guests In An Eco-Friendly Space
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65
Fictional Cultural Capitals
Fictional Cultural Capitals
Splendour is a Fictional City Master Plan to Improve China's Image
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64
Stark Medieval Museums
Stark Medieval Museums
The Medieval Mile Museum is in a Renovated 13th Century Cathedral
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63
Airy Covered Marketplaces
Airy Covered Marketplaces
IMPLUVIUM is an Open-Air Marketplace in Reinosa, Spain
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62
Emergency Temporary Schools
Emergency Temporary Schools
Portakabin Built a School for Those Near Grenfell Tower
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61
Ship-Shaped Commemorative Pavilions
Ship-Shaped Commemorative Pavilions
The Kohtei Pavilion Honors Those Lost at Sea
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60
Space-Maximizing Museum Revamps
Space-Maximizing Museum Revamps
Casson Mann Recently Adjusted the Natural History Museum's Foyer
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59
Stilted Hiking Shelters
Stilted Hiking Shelters
Le Haut Perche is on the Banks of a River Outside Bordeaux
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58
Gradated Translucent Facades
Gradated Translucent Facades
XYZ Formula's See-Through Facade Has a Grid-Like Design
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57
LEGO-Built Concert Halls
LEGO-Built Concert Halls
'Brickmonkey' Made a Small-Scale Replica of the Hamburg Concert Hall
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56
Hidden Bunker Museums
Hidden Bunker Museums
BIG's Tirpizt Bunker is Touted as an Invisible Museum
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55
Curtain-Wrapped Home Extensions
Curtain-Wrapped Home Extensions
Matt Gibson's Home Addition is Wrapped in Metal-Mesh Curtains
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54
Inverted Boat Houses
Inverted Boat Houses
The Houseboat by Mole Architects Resembles a Capsized Hull
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53
Treed School Complexes
Treed School Complexes
The Cornebarrieu School Complex Tackles Environmental Challenges
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52
Porcelain Public Courtyards
Porcelain Public Courtyards
The Sackler Courtyard is the First of Its Kind in the World
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51
Portable Adaptable Dwellings
Portable Adaptable Dwellings
The 'SCARAB' Remote Living Habitat Can be Placed Virtually Anywhere
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50
Rusted Steely Housing Developments
Rusted Steely Housing Developments
Kiel Steel House is Clad in Corten Steel
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49
Shifted Ventilation Towers
Shifted Ventilation Towers
The Northern Link Towers Blend Into Stockholm's National City Park
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48
Concrete Cliffside Homes
Concrete Cliffside Homes
g3arquitectos' 'Casa G' is a Cubist Structure Overlooking a Mexican Town
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47
Artistic Construction Site Photography
Artistic Construction Site Photography
Ben Gowertt's New Project Spotlights Calm Urban Areas
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46
Modernist Estate Pavilions
Modernist Estate Pavilions
The St. Gerlachus Pavilion is on an Historic 17th Estate in Holland
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45
Urban Architectural Graphic Novels
Urban Architectural Graphic Novels
'No Small Plans' is About Urban Planning in Chicago
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44
Architect-Honoring Kirigami
Architect-Honoring Kirigami
Marc Hagan-Guirey's Art Highlights Frank Lloyd Wright's Work
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43
Exaggerated Red Brick Houses
Exaggerated Red Brick Houses
31/44 Architects' 'Red House' Teases Victorian Tropes
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42
Rain-Inspired Hotels
Rain-Inspired Hotels
The Zander K Hotel in Bergen, Norway Embraces the Region's Rainy Weather
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41
Sliding Glass Roofs
Sliding Glass Roofs
This Environmentally Friendly Shopping Center is Illuminated by Natural Light
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40
Updated Industrial Offices
Updated Industrial Offices
751 creative's Office Marries Vintage Machinery and Minimalist Finishes
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39
Mirrored City Viewpoints
Mirrored City Viewpoints
M+ Pavilion Offers Impressive Views of Hong Kong
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38
Dump Truck-Inspired Homes
Dump Truck-Inspired Homes
Budi Pradono's 'Clay House' is Topped With a Titled Shipping Container
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37
Cavernous White Homes
Cavernous White Homes
'The Cave' is a Stark White Home With Ample Open Space
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36
Sustainable Cannabis Houses
Sustainable Cannabis Houses
The Walls of This Home in Israel are Made Out of Hemp and Concrete
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35
Salmon-Viewing Centers
Salmon-Viewing Centers
The Kvasfossen Visitor Center Offers Views of a Salmon Ladder
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34
Japanese Homeware Retailer Hotels
Japanese Homeware Retailer Hotels
The Ginza MUJI Hotel will Start Welcoming Guests in Spring 2018
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33
Lawn-Topped Houses
Lawn-Topped Houses
'South Coast of Landes House' Makes Use of All Its Facets
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32
Wind Turbine Residences
Wind Turbine Residences
The Wind Pecker Residential Spaces are Perched on the Stands of Windmills
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31
Curvilinear Roofline Designs
Curvilinear Roofline Designs
The Avocado Acres House was Inspired By LA's Case Study Homes
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30
Interlocking Timber Funnels
Interlocking Timber Funnels
'Y' is a Stretching Timber Funnel Built by an International Team
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29
Pop-Up Train Carriages
Pop-Up Train Carriages
AART's Redesigned Train Carriages Serve a Variety of Purposes
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28
Surfing Holiday Homes
Surfing Holiday Homes
Casa Tuman Offers Convenient Access to Chile's Puertecillo Beach
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27
Multi-Seasonal Covered Gardens
Multi-Seasonal Covered Gardens
'The Garden of the Four Seasons' Uses Climate-Control Technology
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26
Parted Office Buildings
Parted Office Buildings
'Chapultepec 500' Looks Like a Curtain Being Drawn Apart
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25
Smooth Swiss Cottages
Smooth Swiss Cottages
'Swiss House XII' is a Slick Version of Its Neighbors' Architecture
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24
Vertical Urban Forests
Vertical Urban Forests
The Hawthorn Tower is Set to Be Holland's First Vertical Garden
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23
Controversial Iron Ring Sculptures
Controversial Iron Ring Sculptures
George King's Walkway at Flint Castle is Bristling Locals
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22
Traditional Chinese Hotels
Traditional Chinese Hotels
The Ya Gu Quan Shan Hotel is Inspired by Historical Heritage
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21
Undulating Plastic Pavilions
Undulating Plastic Pavilions
SelgasCano Designed an Artistic Public Pavilion in Cognac, France
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20
Disguised Modern Homes
Disguised Modern Homes
The IVRV House's Standard Front Facade Gives Way to Modern Forms
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19
Brutalist Victorian Houses
Brutalist Victorian Houses
'Soupcon Brut' Has Been Renovated to Reflect a Neighboring Estate
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18
Metallic Architecture Posters
Metallic Architecture Posters
These Detailed Posters Celebrate Chicago's Greatest Buildings
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17
Meditative Treehouses
Meditative Treehouses
The Quiet Treehouse Promotes the Health Benefits of Noise Reduction
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16
Circular Fire Stations
Circular Fire Stations
This Fire Station Design Reduces Vehicle Response Times
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15
Airy Steel Arches
Airy Steel Arches
Oskar Zieta's NAWA Pavilion is Inflated with Air
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14
Sun-Soaked Oceanside Suites
Sun-Soaked Oceanside Suites
The Redesigned Porto Fira Suites are Inspired by Monastic Simplicity
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13
Isolated Modern Homes
Isolated Modern Homes
Waikanae House is a Modern Design in the Midst of Nature
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12
Blooming Floral Pavilions
Blooming Floral Pavilions
'Look! Look! Look!' is an Artistic Structure in an English Estate Garden
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11
Timber-Slatted Summer Homes
Timber-Slatted Summer Homes
Kget Has a Spectacular Balcony Overlooking the Meditteranean
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10
Diversity-Celebrating Architectural Installations
Diversity-Celebrating Architectural Installations
WE ARE THE REMIX Represents Fluid Connections
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9
Architectural Home Rentals
Architectural Home Rentals
BoutiqueHomes Offers Holiday Rentals in Design-Focused Homes
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8
Asymmetrical Sloped Roof Homes
Asymmetrical Sloped Roof Homes
The Single Family House by Andrii Ortynskyi is Irregularly Chic
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7
Cantilevered Treetop Houses
Cantilevered Treetop Houses
The Skywalk Treehouse Lets Inhabitants Walk Right Out to the Canopy
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6
Floating Water Cities
Floating Water Cities
The Seasteading Institute Unveiled Plans to Build the First Floating City
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5
Colorful Amorphous Playgrounds
Colorful Amorphous Playgrounds
The Mountain Lake Park Playground is a Joyous Playscape
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4
Fitness-Fused Retail Stores
Fitness-Fused Retail Stores
'Runner Camp' Fuses Fitness with Retail in Shanghai
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3
Self-Constructing Buildings
Self-Constructing Buildings
These Self-Deploying Buildings Can Pop Up in Eight Minutes
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2
DIY Prefab Cabin Homes
DIY Prefab Cabin Homes
The Ecokit Prefabricated Cabins Can be Erected without Professional Help
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1
Hanging Treehouse Homes
Hanging Treehouse Homes
The 'Sequoia Shelter' is a Practical Solution for Off-the-Grid Living
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