Architecture trends of 2018

12 February 2018

Modern living is definitely starting to impact how we build our homes and many of the emerging architecture trends this year have been influenced by the increasing integration of technology into our houses.

There is still an emphasis on eco-friendly and sustainable architectural design but connectivity has been brought to the forefront of architectural trends in 2018.

Smart homes

The arrival of Amazon Alexa and Google Home proves that the smart home revolution is well and truly underway in Australia. From smart home security systems and WiFi enabled coffee makers to apps that automatically manage heating, cooling, lighting and appliances, there are is a growing number of new technologies being incorporated into home design. Demand for these products is only set to increase as the Internet of Things (IoT) expands.

Open spaces

The idea of open plan living has been popular for a while now and this doesn’t seem like it will change in 2018. Especially popular with families, open spaces turn main rooms in the home into communal areas that serve multiple purposes.


As part of the trend towards eco-friendly and sustainable homes, natural materials and colours are becoming popular, including exposed brick and timber. These materials add texture to the architecture that a growing number of people are embracing.

 Clever storage

Ikea really started this trend with its range of furniture designed to maximise small spaces but as open plan living and multi-purpose rooms increase, there is a need to remove and hide clutter. As a result, built-in, thoughtfully-designed storage is becoming important.

As the editor of BUILD I have a keen interest in sustainable housing and new technologies.