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Top 100 Architecture Ideas in October

From Stark Luxury Homes to Homely Beauty Boutiques

— October 30, 2016 — Art & Design
From luxury homes bathed entirely in white to beauty boutiques with understated interiors, the October 2016 architecture trends demonstrate a noticeable shift towards minimalism when it comes to both residential and retail spaces.

In terms of home design, understated exteriors are quickly becoming the norm. This includes everything from glazed concrete to imbricated bricks and even steel mesh. On the inside, designers are using the same kinds of materials to achieve a look that is sleek and modern rather than cold and industrial.

In terms of retail, the same minimalist appraoch is gaining steam as a way to promote products in a more clean way. For instance, the new Aesop skincare shop in São Paulo, Brazil uses open concrete counters to display products. Similarly the new retail outlet for the women's apparel company Sketch, uses natural light and greenery to highlight products instead of detailed displays.
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Transcontinental Recreational Trails
Transcontinental Recreational Trails
The Great Trail Will Stretch 24,000 Kilometers Across Canada
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98
Banner-Bedecked Car Museums
Banner-Bedecked Car Museums
Beijing's BMW Museum Celebrates Traditional Chinese Archway Drapes
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97
Rejuvenated Photography Museums
Rejuvenated Photography Museums
This Museum Features Exposed Columns and a Glazed Facade
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96
Melt-Proof Ice Hotels
Melt-Proof Ice Hotels
The Icehotel 365 Will Stay Frozen All Year Roun
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95
Scaly Shingled Homes
Scaly Shingled Homes
The Brandt + Simon Architekten's Schuppen House Has an Amphibian Aesthetic
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94
Steel-Sheathed Museums
Steel-Sheathed Museums
This Chinese Museum's Entrance is Covered In Steel Mesh
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93
Rejuvenated Office Blocks
Rejuvenated Office Blocks
This Working Space Promotes Creative Projects and Maker Ventures
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92
Repurposed Sunday School Condos
Repurposed Sunday School Condos
'Sunday School Lofts' Will Use an Early 20th Century Church Facade
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91
Vast Architectural Image Galleries
Vast Architectural Image Galleries
Columbia GSAPP Has Opened Its 20,000 Images to Students
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90
Cupboard-Concealing Offices
Cupboard-Concealing Offices
This Renovated Berlin Office's Walls Feature Hidden Cupboards
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89
Perforated Office Buildings
Perforated Office Buildings
This Office Building In Brazil is Sheathed In a Latticed Layer
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88
Binational City Concepts
Binational City Concepts
Fernando Romero's 'Border City' Vision Spans the US-Mexico Border
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87
Earthquake-Resistant Homes
Earthquake-Resistant Homes
This Concrete House is Fitted With a Pointy Hat-Shaped Roof
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86
Privacy-Focused Architecture
Privacy-Focused Architecture
Satoru Hirota's 'House of Fluctuations' Was Built in a Dense Setting
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85
Isolated Home Photography
Isolated Home Photography
This Series Depicts Houses That are Not Surrounded by Other Structures
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84
Zigzagged Concrete Parks
Zigzagged Concrete Parks
The Jinshan Modern Agricultural Park is Built to Look Like a Large Porch
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83
Pastel Palette Apartments
Pastel Palette Apartments
This Melbourne Apartment Features Soft Grey and Pink Tones
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82
Timber Student Towers
Timber Student Towers
This University Residence is the World's Tallest Wooden Residential Tower
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81
Acoustically Sound Museums
Acoustically Sound Museums
Studio Bell's Terra Cotta Tiles Enhance Acoustic & Aesthetic Engagement
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80
Infamous Architecture Awards
Infamous Architecture Awards
The Carbuncle Cup Sarcastically Awards the UK's Ugliest Buildings
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79
Crime-Preventing Public Toilets
Crime-Preventing Public Toilets
The Portland Loo Offers a Community-Built, Safe Outdoor Bathroom
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Smoky Seafront Structures
Smoky Seafront Structures
This Stone Visitor Center Building is Located On a Scottish Island
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77
Reimagined Mexican Resorts
Reimagined Mexican Resorts
This Resort Respects and Reinvents Crumbling Traditional Architecture
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Climbing Wall Homes
Climbing Wall Homes
This House By Carney Logan Burke Lets Dwellers Scale The Siding
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75
Free Modern Art Archives
Free Modern Art Archives
MoMA's Complete Exhibition Archives are Now Available Online
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Bowtie-Shaped Houses
Bowtie-Shaped Houses
'Bowtie House' was Designed by deMx Architecture
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Distorted Skyscraper Photography
Distorted Skyscraper Photography
The 'Kuala Lumpur Deconstruction' Focuses On Local Architecture
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72
Architectural Icon-Referencing Offices
Architectural Icon-Referencing Offices
This Themed Office Space is Modeled After Polish Cityscapes
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Corner-Cutting Houses
Corner-Cutting Houses
Kenta Eto's OJI House Has a Truncated Corner That Gives Way to a Tree
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70
Cycling-Centric Buildings
Cycling-Centric Buildings
This Apartment Building Exemplifies Cycling-Friendly Architecture
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Rollercoaster-Inspired Library Buildings
Rollercoaster-Inspired Library Buildings
Vaughan Public Library Features Novel Curved Elements
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Vintage Wheeled Tiny Homes
Vintage Wheeled Tiny Homes
This Tiny Home Blends Traditional Aesthetics and Modern Amenities
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Bubble-Wrapped Hotel Corridors
Bubble-Wrapped Hotel Corridors
Michael Iveson's 'Corridor' Lines One of the Averard Hotel's Halls
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Trailblazing Residential Skyscrapers
Trailblazing Residential Skyscrapers
This London Skyscraper Will Combine Social & Private Housing
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Child-Drawn School Grounds
Child-Drawn School Grounds
Yuhang NO.2 School was Inspired by a Kindergarten Student's Drawing
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Crochet Fiber Homes
Crochet Fiber Homes
This House Located in Finland Has an Exterior Lining Made of Pink Knitting
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Somber Office Spaces
Somber Office Spaces
The FoxP2 Office Was Designed to Show Off a Heritage Building
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62
Shelf-Sheathed Penthouses
Shelf-Sheathed Penthouses
This Brazilian Apartment is Covered In Wooden Floor-to-Ceiling Shelving
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Triangular Mountain Platforms
Triangular Mountain Platforms
This Viewing Platform Offers Stunning Views Of the Landscape
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Connected Co-Living Cottages
Connected Co-Living Cottages
This Himalayan Retreat Promotes Responsibly Connected Tourism
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Field Mushroom Museums
Field Mushroom Museums
This New Egyptian Science Center is an Architectural and Educational Icon
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Clustered Mountain Lodges
Clustered Mountain Lodges
These Off-Grid Cabins Can Accommodate Up to 35 Hikers
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57
Printed Courtyard Villas
Printed Courtyard Villas
This 3D-Printed Architecture Project Avoids Conventional Construction
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Vibrant Pop Art Apartments
Vibrant Pop Art Apartments
'Apartment MGA' Fuses Sleek Aesthetics with Vibrant Art Picks
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Prismatic Pharmaceutical Offices
Prismatic Pharmaceutical Offices
The Foster + Partners' Pharmacy Headquarters Sits On The Water
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Anvil-Shaped Museums
Anvil-Shaped Museums
This Indian Museum Honors Independence Activist Jayaprakash Narayan
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Record-Breaking Bridges
Record-Breaking Bridges
The Beipanjiang Bridge Duge Will Soon Be the World's Highest Bridge
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Wooden Flower Farms
Wooden Flower Farms
The Archihood WXY Dandelion Herbal Facility Offers a Natural Timber Structure
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Renovated Light-Bathed Lofts
Renovated Light-Bathed Lofts
This New York Loft's Walls Were Bashed Down to Make It Better Lit
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Boulder-Straddling Homes
Boulder-Straddling Homes
This Mountain Home In Wyoming is Wrapped Around a Huge Boulder
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Stacked Shelter Concepts
Stacked Shelter Concepts
This Temporary Shelter Features Three Stacked Prefabricated Blocks
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Energy-Capturing Apartment Buildings
Energy-Capturing Apartment Buildings
The Brussels Botanic Center Apartment Upgrade is Eco-Focused
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Whimsical Wearable Tents
Whimsical Wearable Tents
The Dress Tents Project Explores the Art Of Wearable Architecture
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Garden-Topped Homes
Garden-Topped Homes
This Four-Story Residence Features a Concealed Rooftop Garden
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Honeycomb Staircase Structures
Honeycomb Staircase Structures
'Vessel' Will be a Towering Stairway in New York's Hudson Yards
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Insectival Building Designs
Insectival Building Designs
The Elytra Design Won the Moscow Circus School Competition
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Homely Beauty Boutiques
Homely Beauty Boutiques
The Aesop Skincare Counter in São Paulo is Designed Like a House
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Ebonized Timber Homes
Ebonized Timber Homes
House Baumle's Blackened Exterior is Reminiscent of Sunburned Rural Huts
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Dotted Glass Houses
Dotted Glass Houses
'The Glass House' Was Designed by the Renowned Artist Yayoi Kusama
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Elevated Concrete Playhouses
Elevated Concrete Playhouses
This Structure Was Once Used as a Shelter for Doves
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Mirrored Tech Brand Headquarters
Mirrored Tech Brand Headquarters
The New Dyson Buildings are Futuristic and Secretive
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Glazed Concrete Buildings
Glazed Concrete Buildings
The Casa 131 Building Offers Great Views and Secure Privacy
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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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Grotto Spa Architecture
Grotto Spa Architecture
'The Tent' by A21 Studio Marries Modern and Rustic Design Accents
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Fort-Like Coastal Houses
Fort-Like Coastal Houses
'Syros House' Borrows Design Aspects from Greece's Ancient Seafarers
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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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Luminous Store Concepts
Luminous Store Concepts
This Spanish Store's Home-Inspired Layout Maximizes Illumination
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Whimsical Industrial Residences
Whimsical Industrial Residences
Apartment BP Boasts a Creative and Open Concept Interior
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Thatched Baltic Homes
Thatched Baltic Homes
This Unique Holiday Home Respects Its Rural Baltic Surroundings
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Progressive Retirement Villages
Progressive Retirement Villages
This Sustainable Community Focuses on Wellness and Nature
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Floating Student Housing
Floating Student Housing
Urban Rigger's Affordable Dorms are Afloat in Copenhagen's Harbor
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Cavernous Chinese Cultural Centers
Cavernous Chinese Cultural Centers
This New Cultural Center's Design is Inspired By Nature
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Retro Hotel Redesigns
Retro Hotel Redesigns
The Oddsson Hotel in Reykjavik Puts a Contemporary Spin on Historic Style
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Interconnected Floating Piazzas
Interconnected Floating Piazzas
'Arcipelago di Ocno' Floats on a Lake in Mantova, Italy
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Modernized Victorian Homes
Modernized Victorian Homes
This East-End Toronto House Received a Highly Contemporary Makeover
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Floating Luxury Residences
Floating Luxury Residences
The 'Sting Ray' Water Homes Provide a Levitating Sting Ray Shape
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Earthy Office Interiors
Earthy Office Interiors
This Nature-Inspired Co-Working Space Brings the Outdoors Into the Office
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Translucent Marble Cube Buildings
Translucent Marble Cube Buildings
REX Designed the Ronald O. Perelman Performing Arts Center
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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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Eco-Friendly Tiny Homes
Eco-Friendly Tiny Homes
The Big Whale Tiny House Features a Rooftop Solar Array
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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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Expandable Tiny Homes
Expandable Tiny Homes
This Home's Slide-Out Modules Offer Flexible Living Options
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Blackened Holiday Homes
Blackened Holiday Homes
This Holiday Home In Mexico Features Striking Color Contrasts
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Eco-Island Villages
Eco-Island Villages
The Diller Scofidio + Renfro is a Simulated Islet Providing Tropical Homes
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Barn-Inspired Ocean Houses
Barn-Inspired Ocean Houses
This Home's Gabled Roofs are Inspired By Local Rural Architecture
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Smoky Restaurant Interiors
Smoky Restaurant Interiors
The Rhoda Restaurant's Aesthetics are Inspired By Coal &Burning Visuals
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Imbricated Brick Houses
Imbricated Brick Houses
Tadeo House is a Red Brick Residence in Chiapas, Mexico
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Stark Luxury Homes
Stark Luxury Homes
Fran Silvestre Arquitectos' 'Casa Entre La Pinada' Embodies Minimalism
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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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Senior-Centric Homes
Senior-Centric Homes
This In-Laws Home Features Accessibility Ramps and Over-Sized Rooms
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Cavernous Tiny Homes
Cavernous Tiny Homes
The Odyssee Home's Layout Aims to Maximize Available Space
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Library Bedroom Hybrids
Library Bedroom Hybrids
This Isolated Guest House Functions as a Cozy Getaway
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Japanese Open-Air Kindergartens
Japanese Open-Air Kindergartens
Fuji Kindergarten Uses Architecture to Combine Learning and Play
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Expansive Tiny Homes
Expansive Tiny Homes
The Freedom Tiny House is Compact Yet Surprisingly Spacious
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Intricately Timbered Homes
Intricately Timbered Homes
'House Akerudden' is Built from Seven Different Types of Local Wood
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Conical Japanese Homes
Conical Japanese Homes
The Jikka Complex Takes Its Design Inspiration From Teepees
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High-End Prefab Homes
High-End Prefab Homes
The Diago Home by J Mayer H Enhances Home Architecture Design Expectations
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Self-Building Concrete Blocks
Self-Building Concrete Blocks
The Block ARMO System Consists of Specially Shaped Concrete Blocks
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