5 Ways Traditional Architecture Has Changed In The Past 20 Years

Architecture, like any other art form, continually evolves. While it might not see this way to the outsider looking in, there are many different variations and elements within architecture that has changed, often drastically, within the last two decades. From building material to usage, traditional architecture is changing and will continue to change along the way.

Ways Traditional Architecture Has Changed

Going Green

One of the main changes in architecture is the notion of “going green.” Fewer plastics are used during construction and most materials are locally sourced now. It helps cut down cost, emissions and even extend the life of the home or other building.


While more organic materials are used, many new architects look to show movement within the construction of the building itself. Many buildings are no longer traditional rectangles built on top of one another with partitions to include walls and rooms. Now, there is more of a natural flow to the building. From designed to look like a ship’s sail to the movement of water, many designers look towards more natural, organic items in life and construct the building accordingly.

Bringing Greenery In

As the world becomes more populated, locations to grow produce and vegetation reduces. To help add to the sustainability of traditional architecture, many buildings now include rooftop terraces. This is not just a place for someone to garden but the roofs of buildings are constructed to be a garden itself. It is designed specifically to hold the weight of soil and growing vegetation while using the natural ability to absorb moisture. This is a technique that will likely continue to expand in the coming years and decades.

Open Designs

Current architecture is much more open. In previous years, walls inside of buildings not only created rooms and partitions but served as load barring walls, helping to hold up the construction. Stronger and lighter materials now make it possible to reduce these walls and to open up the world inside of the building.

More Windows, Fewer Empty Space

Allowing natural light in helps cut energy costs from relying on light. As building materials have become stronger in recent years, traditional architecture is now allowing the usage of more windows. Now, instead of a single window letting in a small amount of light, a wall can be nearly completely constructed from windows, if someone is looking for this kind of look. Home owners now have plenty of options.

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