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Top 90 Architecture Ideas in July

From Serene Oceanside Chapels to Landscaped Rooftop Terraces

— July 31, 2016 — Art & Design
As the July 2016 architecture trends reveal, designers are increasingly looking for new ways to bring us closer to the natural world. Whether this means building in a remote location or bringing a bit of green space to an urban metropolis, there is a clear demand for fusing modern architecture with elements of nature.

One of the most unique ways that architects are bringing consumers closer to nature is by building in areas that were once thought to be inhospitable. For example, the German architect Matthias Arndt built a triangular home perched on the edge of a threatening cliff side. Similarly, Christo Vladimirov Javacheff created a series of floating piers located in the middle of Italy's Lake Iseo.

However, the July 2016 architecture trends demonstrate that not everyone is willing to live off-the-grid in order to get closer to nature. As an alternative solution, many architects have found creative ways to add elements of nature to modern buildings. These examples include office towers with terraced gardens, lounges flanked by living walls and villas covered in natural vegetation.
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Willow-Wrapped Art Centers
Willow-Wrapped Art Centers
Patrick Dougherty Created a Stunning Sculpture Made from Willow Trees
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87
Glass Airplane Apertures
Glass Airplane Apertures
This US Air Force Academy Features a Skylight Shaped Like a Plane's Wing
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86
Ventilated Home Exteriors
Ventilated Home Exteriors
This Home Exterior Features a Prominent Teak Screen
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85
Sustainable Housing Exhibits
Sustainable Housing Exhibits
'Saving the City' Shows Architects How to Improve Urban Areas
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84
Confiscated Land Exhibits
Confiscated Land Exhibits
This Project Shows the Struggles Faced in Urban Italian Areas
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83
Undulated Box Towers
Undulated Box Towers
The Annual Serpentine Gallery Pavillon is Comprised of Stacked Hollow Blocks
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82
Shimmering Island Walkways
Shimmering Island Walkways
The Floating Piers Project Lets People Walk Between Islands
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81
Milk Carton-Shaped Homes
Milk Carton-Shaped Homes
This Japanese Home Uses a Milk Carton Design as Its Inspiration
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80
Glistening Glass Buildings
Glistening Glass Buildings
This All-Glass Office Building in Hong Kong Reduces Energy Consumption
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79
Sloping Music Schools
Sloping Music Schools
The Conceptual Mevaseret Makes Use of the Natural Incline of the Terrain
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Connecting Interactive Structures
Connecting Interactive Structures
This Unique Steel Path Brings Together Separated Spaces
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77
Wood-Framed High-Rises
Wood-Framed High-Rises
This Swedish Architecture Firm Will Design a Cultural Center with Wood
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76
Trash-Made Bricks
Trash-Made Bricks
WasteBasedBricks by StoneCycling Embraces Eco Practices in Architecture
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75
Home-Building Robots
Home-Building Robots
This Free-Form Robotic Printer Can Print Construction Materials
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74
Elevated Park Pathways
Elevated Park Pathways
The 'Loop' by Rastvorgroup Offers an Aerial View of Natural Surroundings
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Integrated Forest Juiceries
Integrated Forest Juiceries
Cold Pressed Juicery Integrates a Living Tree into the Store Interior
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Airy Contemporary Apartments
Airy Contemporary Apartments
Lucas y Hernández-Gil Arquitectos' CC58 Project Boasts Vivid Details
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71
Timber Township Developments
Timber Township Developments
Ornsro Timber Town Features Wooden Buildings and Parkland
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70
Bookshelf Library Exteriors
Bookshelf Library Exteriors
The Kansas City Library Was Painted to Look Like a Row of Books
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69
Pop-Up Religious Buildings
Pop-Up Religious Buildings
These Buildings Will Accommodate All Religions in Refugee Camps
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68
Sustainable Wooden Churches
Sustainable Wooden Churches
The 'Excelsior' Parish in Norway Offers a Modern and Ecological Design
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67
Geometric School Designs
Geometric School Designs
The Maritime University of Malmo Takes on a Sculptural Appearance
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66
L-Shaped Homes
L-Shaped Homes
In Situ Studio Designs a Contemporary House in North Carolina
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65
Brand-Reflecting Canteens
Brand-Reflecting Canteens
This Coca-Cola Space Offers Multi-Use with Subtle Company Referencing
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Tube-Shaped Theater Buildings
Tube-Shaped Theater Buildings
Fuksas Created an Unconventional and Futuristic Exhibition Space
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Steel Screened Abodes
Steel Screened Abodes
Diaz Puanetto Arquitectos Adds Artistry to a Window Using Geometric Panels
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Sterile Dentist Office Decor
Sterile Dentist Office Decor
Ylab Arquitectos' Valles & Valles Dental Office Embodies Minimalism
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Miniature Urban Scenes
Miniature Urban Scenes
Ryan Monogan Makes Mini Sculptures Inspired by Urban Locations
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Glass-Covered Serpentine Homes
Glass-Covered Serpentine Homes
This Serpentine Architecture is Connected With a White Ribbon
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Landscape-Blending Houses
Landscape-Blending Houses
This Rural Home Design Hides Within Its Snowy Terrain
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Sustainable Park Concepts
Sustainable Park Concepts
This Environmentally Friendly Park Will Be in Downtown Los Angeles
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Floating Water Skyscrapers
Floating Water Skyscrapers
The Conceptual 'Seascraper' Building Solution to Combat Homelessness
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Sculptural Spiral Staircases
Sculptural Spiral Staircases
This Sculptural Staircase Resembles a Tornado
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55
Galatic Spacecraft Abodes
Galatic Spacecraft Abodes
This Home in Australia is Similar in Shape to the Millennium Falcon
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54
Canopied Train Stations
Canopied Train Stations
This Taiwanese Train Station Design Offers Expansive Public Space
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Whimsical Tea Pavilions
Whimsical Tea Pavilions
These Armadillo-Inspired Canopies Create a Versatile and Comfortable Space
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Monumental Mexican Resorts
Monumental Mexican Resorts
Mar Adentro Hotel and Residences Embodies Contemporary Elegance
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51
Prismatic Tower Designs
Prismatic Tower Designs
Skidmore, Owings & Merril Created a Building with Light-Reflecting Windows
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Geometric Rainbow Architecure
Geometric Rainbow Architecure
The Design of This High School Provides a Bright Learning Space
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Modular Architecture Exhibits
Modular Architecture Exhibits
RAW SHIFT Shows How Buildings Evolve by Adapting to Crowds
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48
Mosaic Tile Homes
Mosaic Tile Homes
This Artsy Home is Completely Covered in Colorful Tiles
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Modern Shakespearian Amphitheatres
Modern Shakespearian Amphitheatres
Studio Andrew Todd's Circular Theatre is Built Out of Wood
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Enormous Pier Installations
Enormous Pier Installations
The Floating Piers on Lake Iseo Offer Stunning Sights of Italy
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Architectural Model Museums
Architectural Model Museums
'Kenchiku Soko' is a Destination for Viewing Architectural Models
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Serene Oceanside Chapels
Serene Oceanside Chapels
The Design of This Beach Chapel Leaves Space for the Tide to Roll In
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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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Wooden Checkered Pavilions
Wooden Checkered Pavilions
Jingxiang Zhu Designs a Heritage Pavilion Using Panels and Lattice
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Slatted Contemporary Homes
Slatted Contemporary Homes
Wolveridge Architects' Torquay Residence Boasts a Monumental Facade
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Triangular Cliffside Homes
Triangular Cliffside Homes
This Fictional Home is Perched Right on Top of a Steep Decline
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Glass-Paneled Office Spaces
Glass-Paneled Office Spaces
This Office Has Many Indoor Windows That Give It a Playful Aesthetic
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Converted Garage Libraries
Converted Garage Libraries
This Garage Was Converted into a Home Library
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Circular Pavilion Designs
Circular Pavilion Designs
This Pavilion is Made Up of Many Circles That Form a Maze
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Upcycled Architecture Exhibits
Upcycled Architecture Exhibits
This Exibit at the Venice Biennale Uses 100 Tons of Recycled Waste
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Robotic Sculptural Art
Robotic Sculptural Art
This Robotic Sculpture is on Display at the Rose Beton Festival
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Tide-Proof Cabins
Tide-Proof Cabins
This Home is Structured to Accommodate High Tide Without Flooding
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Converted Stable Studios
Converted Stable Studios
What Once Functioned as a Stable and Garage is Now a Studio Space
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Landscaped Rooftop Terraces
Landscaped Rooftop Terraces
The Shenye TaiRan Building Boasts Stunning "Secret" Gardens
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Passively Cooled Homes
Passively Cooled Homes
This Modern Home Employs Passive Cooling Techniques To Reduce Energy
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Domed Energy Conserving Homes
Domed Energy Conserving Homes
The Zome Alloy Abodes Utilize Solar Energy in Residential Spaces
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Renovated Transparent Offices
Renovated Transparent Offices
What Was Once a Factory is Now an Office with a Translucent Design
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Modern Suburban Homes
Modern Suburban Homes
This Standard Home Was Upgraded With More Modern Features
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Plant-Filled Lounges
Plant-Filled Lounges
Alberto Caiola's Cocktail Bar Has Walls Coated in Plant Installations
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3D-Printed Home Concepts
3D-Printed Home Concepts
This 3D-Printed Freeform House Maximizes Curb Appeal
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Modern Indonesian Homes
Modern Indonesian Homes
This Beautiful Home Offers Privacy in a Bustling City
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Floating Sustainable Housing
Floating Sustainable Housing
The Freedom Cove British Columbia House Resides on the Ocean
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Modern Fortress Homes
Modern Fortress Homes
The 'Shell House' Combines the Luxury of a Villa with High Security Features
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Stacked Rectilinear Residences
Stacked Rectilinear Residences
Johnsen Schmaling Architects' Door County Home Embodies Minimalism
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Passive House Factories
Passive House Factories
This Sustainable Factory's Design Lives Up to The Company's Purpose
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Cozy Office Spaces
Cozy Office Spaces
This Office Manages to Make Cubicles Look Inviting
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Minimalist Marble Homes
Minimalist Marble Homes
Fran Silvestre Arquitectos' 'Aluminum House' Project is Monumental
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Vegetation-Covered Villas
Vegetation-Covered Villas
This Eco-Friendly Villa Blends in With Natural Surroundings
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Monolithic Mountainside Homes
Monolithic Mountainside Homes
The Rainforest House Surprisingly Blends Into Its Surroundings
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Off-Grid Tiny Homes
Off-Grid Tiny Homes
This Dutch Tiny Home Embraces Contemporary Design and Modern Technologies
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Efficient Home Designs
Efficient Home Designs
Hennebery Eddy Architects' Home is Loaded with Self-Sufficient Features
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Pop-Up Garden Oases
Pop-Up Garden Oases
This Empty Storefront Was Transformed into a Tranquil Temporary Venue
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Forest-Inspired Offices
Forest-Inspired Offices
This Office Design is Inspired by Its Company's Service
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Lush Stacked Villas
Lush Stacked Villas
These Villas are the Second Addition to a Communal Landscape Design
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Curvaceous Tiny Homes
Curvaceous Tiny Homes
This New Rocky Mountain Tiny House Features a Massive Curved Roof
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Whimsical Tiny Homes
Whimsical Tiny Homes
The 'Moon Dragon' Home Brings Fairy Tale Designs to Small Living
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Economical Off-Grid Cabins
Economical Off-Grid Cabins
This Heated Cabin Offers Refuge From the Pacific Northwest Winter
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Pop-Up Studio Spaces
Pop-Up Studio Spaces
'Minima Moralia' Provides an Affordable Place for Artists to Work in London
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Printed Concrete Micro-Homes
Printed Concrete Micro-Homes
This Concrete Tiny House Was 3D-Printed in Just 24 Hours
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Fairy Tale Green Homes
Fairy Tale Green Homes
These Green Roof Houses Save on Energy and Look Stunning
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Modern Barns
Modern Barns
AW Works Converted an Old Barn Into a Relaxing Retreat
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Triangle Cliff Houses
Triangle Cliff Houses
Matthias Arndt Designs an IncrediblePermanent Tipi-Like Concept
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Solar Canopy Designs
Solar Canopy Designs
Brooklyn SolarWorks Creates Canopies to Make the Most of Rooftop Space
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Luxurious Co-Working Spaces
Luxurious Co-Working Spaces
This Co-Work Space Adapts to More Modern Work Practices
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Rustic Office Spaces
Rustic Office Spaces
This Office Combines Modern Amenities with a Rustic Charm
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