The designing and building of architecture is one of the great human abilities that dates back generations and generations. Thanks to the tireless work of building conservationists, we can admire the engineering marvels of the past – ranging from the Pyramids to the Eiffel Tower. However, in the years after WWII, we have seen more talented architects who have introduced their own styles into their creations. Here are four contemporary styles that are visible in everyday urban life around the world.
For the last 50-60 years, post-modern architecture has been one of the most prolific styles of architecture. It adopts a more flamboyant approach to building than the modernist philosophy. While standard scales and shapes remain, post-modernism tries to break convention in a new and exciting way.
Example: Petronas Towers, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (Image by IQRemix).
Neo-futurist architecture may sound like an idea that is far reaching, but is very much of the present. The discovery of new materials and computer machinery has allowed for creations that would otherwise have been impossible. Expect plenty of rounded curves and playful shapes with neo-futurism.
Example: The Shard, London, United Kingdom (Image by Mariordo).
Green building architecture
There are now several environmentally sustainable forms of architecture, one of which is green building. The entire life-cycle of a building is taken into consideration when being designed – ranging from construction, maintenance and even any possible demolition. The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) ranks architecture on their ability to reduce waste and pollution, efficiently use water and energy, and promote the well-being of the occupants.
Example: One Central Park, Sydney, Australia (Image by Sardaka).
Blobitecture, originally known as blob architecture, is a form of computer-aided design that specialises in rounded shapes, or ‘blobs’. Metaball graphical software encouraged architect Greg Lynn to experiment with his designs. To be considered blobitecture, a building should be perfectly round, have a curved outlook or have visible, protruding round blobs.
Example: Złote Tarasy (Golden Terraces), Warsaw, Poland (Image by Mateusz Włodarczyk).