Architects are continually being challenged to create innovative structures that look visually outstanding. Taking a glimpse into architecture trends over the next decade, here are seven examples that might become commonplace.


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1. Skyscrapers made from wood

Scandinavian architects have gained acclaim for their innovative skyscraper designs composed of wooden stories built on top of each other. The end result is visually impressive, and could be commonplace in our cities in the next decade.

2. Floating pools

New York designers have created a floating swimming pool on a river, making use of a filtration system. According to Arch Daily, if there are swimming pools in the future, then they could look like this.

3. Compostable design

Environmental concerns are an important consideration in the built environment, so it’s likely we’ll see more structures being made from compostable materials. A tower, called Hy-Fi, made from corn stalk bricks and living root structures is a prime example of planet-friendly architecture.

4. Futuristic skylines

It’s not just the buildings themselves that will see changes in the next decade, but how our skylines look will come under scrutiny. Already Chinese architectures have unveiled a skyline of buildings and public spaces that resemble natural landscapes, such as mountains and lakes as portrayed in landscape paintings. Bringing the natural world into our skylines could be something that becomes more prevalent in the coming years.

5. Inflatable concert hall

Materials used to create structures have changed enormously, such as the increasing use of tensile structures from innovators such as fabric architecture. Taking structures to the next level, an inflatable concert hall has been developed that resembles a balloon shape, and could be the future of community spaces.

6. Sponge parks

Pollution is a problem for towns and cities, but architects in New York have created an ingenious urban structure that tackles toxic waste and transforms it into a green sanctuary. Using a system called phytoremediation, involving special plants and filters, the sponge park can turn contaminated fields into an attractive waterfront space – an idea that’s bound to catch on.

7. 3D printers

Architects have already devised the concept of interior design created by 3D printers, and this could further revolutionise our inside spaces in the future. Using a 3D printer, a pair of architects have created an entire room adorned with intricate ornamentation.