In 2018, the formerly popular industrial aesthetic is being replaced with a look that favours natural materials and colours.
Instead of glass and metal cladding, Chris Stribley, managing principal of Cera Stribley Architects, says clients are seeking out concrete, exposed hand-crafted brickwork, rammed earth and timbers to bring warmth and texture into their homes.
“There is a timelessness about using natural materials. The way they weather, age and change over time means buildings can look different many years later from when they are first built,” Stribley says.
“It is instinctual for us to want to be surrounded by nature and materials that reflect nature. The more industrial aesthetic is quite hard and doesn’t often wear well or soften over time.”
This preference for natural material also feeds into the rise of eco-friendly homes with passive solar design, low VOC products and hypoallergenic insulations.
“We think this desire for more natural materials is derived from a more eco-conscious client base who are striving for a healthy home,” Stribley says.
“In additional to these now staple requirements, we believe that we are about to see a rise in natural [cleaning system] pools and a revival of consumer solar panels.”