2017 was a big year for Edmonton architecture. With landmark buildings such as Edmonton Tower and Enbridge Centre opening their doors, our city’s skyline is changing – for the better.
Lenmak Exteriors contributed to Edmonton’s architectural renaissance with The Oliver, a 12-storey high-rise with a layered facade and eye-catching “copper penny” accents. We also were honoured to be a member of the team that brought Constable Daniel Woodall Elementary School to life. Not just a building, the school is a memorial and a vibrant reminder that even in the face of tragedy, we as a city can shine through.
CST. Woodall Elementary School
Here are five architecture trends that will be on the rise in 2018 in Edmonton:
Creating an open and free-flowing space within homes, offices, restaurants and beyond is one trend that isn’t going away.
Because open spaces blur the lines between different areas of a building’s interior, a characteristic that goes well with the evolution of how we live, work and play together. No longer are we sequestered in individual-sized spaces meant only for the task at hand. The idea of collaboration and flexibility have become huge in human interaction. We need versatility in our spaces to compliment and encourage versatility within ourselves. In particular, designers responsible for creating new schools are rethinking how children learn, as well as the tools they must acquire in order to function in our rapidly changing society.
Sometimes design trends just make sense. Such is the case with the increasing prominence of natural lighting in new buildings. Natural lighting is the most visually appealing type of light, and access to natural light contributes greatly to our well-being when indoors. Windows are also visually appealing architectural features on their own – both from the interior and exterior of a building.
Natural lighting is dynamic as it changes with the position of the sun in relationship to a building throughout the day. Colours and textures inside a naturally lit building take on different shades and layers as the sky clouds and clears and as the sun rises and sets. Sunlight is by far the most sustainable lighting choice as it requires zero electricity to power. Architects are now integrating natural lighting with new building designs as part of a holistic approach to sustainability.
The last decade has seen such a rapid rise in the realm of electronics and smart devices that it’s hard to predict just what the future will hold. But one thing is certain – buildings with integrated electronics will continue to become more commonplace. Look for built-in charging stations to compliment new electronics with wireless charging capabilities. Perhaps 2018 will also be the year our devices begin to charge when we simply step into a room. Moving forward, electronic integration will no longer be an afterthought, but will be considered within the design process from day one.
The Pantone Colour Institute has revealed their expected 2018 colour trends and it looks to be a bold, playful and highly interesting year. Bright yellow, lime popsicle, turquoise, holly berry red – 2018 will be all about using dramatic colours used to convey emotion, as well as creating unusual colour combinations to catch eyes and start conversations. On the more subdued end, nature-inspired colours such as celery and berry-infused purples will be making an appearance. And continuing with 2017’s focus on metallics, expect there to be a lot more gold, brass, silver, copper and bronze in the new year.
As already mentioned, sustainability and architecture are already a focus of architects and designers and this trend is only set to grow in 2018. New governmental regulations and increasing public awareness about climate change has ushered in an era of mindful design – an era where it is our responsibility to engage with our planet in a respectful way. Further, the term sustainable also means security, safety and comfort. Even as the realm of architecture continues to innovate in unexpected ways, a link to the familiar will remain present. After all, there’s much we can learn from human history about using environmentally friendly materials and practices. Sometimes, it’s as simple as going back to our roots.
As 2017 in Edmonton design suggested, our city is heading somewhere great. And we at Lenmak are more than excited to be along for the ride.