Melbourne Modern Architecture
There are lifelong staples of architectural design and conversely trends that appear only to disappear just as quickly. Architectural trends in general however tend to evolve quite slowly. There won’t be sudden changes to what’s considered the norm every New Year’s Eve. Still it can be argued that Melbourne modern architecture has progressed over time to varying styles. Take a look at how COVID-19 has indirectly influenced the reemergence of industrial style homes. Sure, urban, geometric home designs have already existed prior but it’s seen an unexpected resurgence recently alongside new popular design trends and influences. When it comes to modern architecture Melbourne is quick on the uptake.
Trends In Melbourne Modern Architecture
The change has created a series of trends in modern architecture Melbourne homeowners have come to embrace in new builds post-pandemic and updating existing properties. This may include prioritising access to light and nature as well as highlighting working and leisure spaces for comfort and practicality.
Unexpected home isolation for instance has encouraged a higher desire for more space in our houses, hence further converting homeowners’ sensibilities towards industrial style homes.
Often homeowners come to EDG to build with inspiration ready. From beautifully curated Pinterest boards to the latest home catalogue or home renovation shows, it’s clear they’re influenced by not only their personal style but the modern architecture and building designers that are shown on the media they consume. Modeling your home after incredible design examples is something everyone can dream of after all.
It says a lot that most generations will be familiar with movies featuring trendy converted New York loft apartments and think, why shouldn’t Melbourne modern architecture benefit from the same large open plan spaces? It will surely make for excellent natural light and ventilation. This is especially true when comfort and the illusion for a larger dwelling will help with conditions like working from home, or dealing with a higher housing occupancy while retaining minimalist cleanliness.
What This Means For Modern Home Architecture
At its core, this still means prizing passive solar designs, incorporating cross ventilation, thermal massing and highly insulative building separators. These are still critical to creating home architecture designed for comfortable and practical environments.
In application, this illustrates the modern architecture Melbourne homes favour will always value functionality above stylistic choices in the long term.
When clients reference how old warehouses in industrial areas have been remodeled for residential living, it’s important to not merely replicate, but adapt this style in more flexible and innovative ways in modern, intimate homes. From sharp building lines, flat roofs with sprawling windows for panoramic views, to rustic natural building materials for finishes, it’s essential that these aesthetic implementations won’t compromise living conditions in the home.
For example, EDG has had the privilege to work in various residential properties across Australia. We’ve had experience reconciling clients’ brief and dealing with issues related to industrial/modernist stylings. When presented with challenging pieces of land combined with the client’s demand for maximising their view, we produce designs with good passive solar performance in mind. A lot of times, this has to do with orientation, and secondarily elevations as support.
Orientation refers to the positioning of a building in relation to seasonal variations, the sun’s direction and wind patterns. Good orientation will increase the energy efficiency in your home, resulting in it being cheaper to run and more comfortable to live in. When we take this into account, dwellings can be designed ideally to manage overheating in summers and massive heat loss in winters. We also create opportunities to provide protected outdoor spaces to keep the sun off of western windows for as long as time permits so the client can still enjoy a good view while fending off extreme weather conditions.
Nature In Conjunction To Melbourne Modern Architecture
At the same time Mediterranean stylings won’t go out of fashion either. And perhaps how modern Melbourne architecture has become can also be a driving force to tap into our innate appreciation for nature. Large expanses of glass in industrial and modernist building styles will create less separation from internal spaces and external gardens. Greenery can be utilised to support the building at all levels, not just confined to ground level gardens, being applied to building facades, arches and beams. Internal gardens within courtyards or vertically positioned on walls inside rooms can follow. Homeowners can creatively take inspiration from Melbourne modern architecture for their home designs while still allowing for romantic elements and rooting themselves in nature.