For several years, contemporary architecture has largely been grounded in two polar directions: finding ways to re-imagine manmade forms as an organic part of their natural surroundings, AND creating sleek/serious industrial monoliths. Though the potential creative implications of both are meaningful, it can hardly be said that either inspires a visceral sense of joy. A movement towards playful and unexpected use of color taps into consumer’s desire for an uplifting escape from reality.
Gentrification has been a cultural hot button topic for several years now. In a culture built around the idea of constant movement forward, how do we nurture the need for revitalization without compromising the current infrastructure needed to sustain us? Innovators on both large and small scales are discovering ways to recreate existing forms by encasing them in novel exteriors.
Many modern designers are exploring the intersection of the natural and industrial worlds and finding that, surprisingly, these forms can be combined to create a singular aesthetic. When paired with wood, the subtle visual inconsistencies of concrete seem to morph into natural growth patterns. Conversely, the wooden elements become more rigid and solid seeming, as though they emerged from the earth as pre-fabricated parts.
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Designers are taking inspiration from classic mathematical formulas to create seemingly organic forms out of straight lines. Cubes of wood and concrete are stacked and carved to recreate inspired irregular curves found in the natural world.
Innovators continue to embrace the many disparate elements that define them. Their self-expression has become less about the need for grounded singularity and more about finding ways to fit the varied building blocks together to create an even stronger voice. Design details express this struggle by adopting nonuniform stacked elements.