If you’re thinking of building a new house from scratch or even modernising an existing building, you may well wonder what style you should choose for the new building. What is in fashion right now? What look would suit you best? Well, we’ve got you covered. Here are five of today’s most popular architectural styles. Whichever one best suits your particular taste, EB Architects can design a house for you, always including both the common characteristics of the style and a personal, unique touch.
There is a distinction between the terms ‘modern’ and ‘contemporary.’ Contemporary refers to the style, or rather blend of styles used in building design today. The term ‘modern,’ on the other hand, refers to a specific style of architecture that emerged in the middle of the 20th century.
Modern style was defined by straight, clean lines and the elimination of intricate or unnecessary adornments and decorations. Contemporary designs hold much in common with modern ones, as far as the simplicity of line and form, and the eschewing of perfect symmetry are concerned. The biggest exception to this is that contemporary designers tend to opt for curved lines, looking to break out of the straight boxes of modernism. Contemporary buildings tend to emphasise space and light, with plenty of large windows and high ceilings. Time travelling observers from the past might call this “space age” architecture.
The Cape Vernacular style is a modernist tribute, via Victorian influences, to the traditional Cape Dutch style that is so well known across South Africa. Essentially it takes the symmetrical facades and U- or H-shaped layouts of the old Cape style and reconstructs them with fewer Baroque pretensions and straighter lines. The effect is understated and less intrusive on the landscape. It is a combination of traditional showiness and modernist simplicity.
This style became popular in South Africa in the 1990s and came to dominate housing developments of the era. Unmistakable due to its trademark terracotta or mustard exteriors, the style includes double storey layouts; wavy, tiled roofs; water features and wrought iron balustrades. The effect, as the name suggests, is to hark back to the Mediterranean luxury of Italian villas.
The refurbishing of urban and industrial spaces for residential purposes has become quite a trend since the inner city renewal drives of the 2000s kicked in. Old offices, warehouses and factories are often repurposed in this way. The appeal of the style is to maintain some elements of the spaces’ original aesthetic. The style is thus characterised by loft apartments with exposed ceiling beams (often steel rather than wood) and split-level layouts.
This style offers a modern reinterpretation of French Provencal and colonial architecture. The style is mostly used for large, stately homes in high-end, suburban and rural settings. The signatures of the aesthetic include French doors with architraves, as well as picturesque, columned facades and French-style shutters.
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