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The world of architecture does not exist in isolation from the trends of the modern world. Architecture always takes into account and grows with the shifting styles and trends of the current times. Canny takes you through 6 architectural design trends that offer comfort, luxury and style for your Australian homes in 2017.

1. ‘Digital Detox’ House Design

In 2017, we can expect to see luxury homes being built with digital detox in mind. As a backlash to an excess of trends promoting technology and complexity, more people are demanding home designs that give them a break from the modern world.

This may bring about the return of the Analogue Workshop trend, which utilizes everyday materials and simplistic designs to give a raw 1950s post-modernist feel, with the focus returning to form and function, rather than elaborate and lavish design.

Other digital detox trends include the use of cork, wood and concrete, and duller colors like grays, browns and metallic accents. Homeowners may also look to architects to create rooms that are free of technological influence, and encourage traditional family time or relaxation.

At Canny, we look forward to this less is more design trend.

2. Custom Homes Built With Connectivity

It might come as no surprise that the rapid advancement of technology allows for more connectivity within the home. The availability of the internet, as well as the growing number of devices that can connect with it, allows for more convenience, comfort and luxury, built into Australian homes.

Canny will be asking clients how much or little connectivity they would like to integrate into their architectural home designs.

Expect to see more smart technology in 2017, with voice controlled radiators, high-tech but minimalist security systems and smart heating all continuing to find their way into homes.

3. Welcome Nature Back Home

In their earliest form, homes provided shelter from the elements, a refuge from the vagaries of nature. This role has been reversed in the last few years, as humans tame the wild and invite her indoors. Architecture that celebrates the relaxing and healing aspects of nature indoors is its most sophisticated form.

As we seek to reconnect with nature, an increasing number of high-end properties feature a less structured approach to design, allowing nature to co-create roof gardens and walls, interior design features, and elaborate spaces both inside and out that have been allowed to take their own course.

Encouraged by public projects such as the 2009 New York High Line elevated park, and the more recent Seoul Sky Garden project in South Korea, which transforms an abandoned highway into a erudite public walkway and park. This trend in Architecture is here to stay!

4. Alfresco Room Designs

Alfresco design is a neo-modernist interpretation of space, which allows for greater integration of indoor and outdoor living spaces. It describes a type of architecture that transforms outdoor spaces into an indoor sanctuary, based on requirement. Especially suited for Melbourne homeowners – irregular weather no longer needs to get in the way of outdoor living and entertaining, a quintessentially Australian way of life.

At Canny, we focus on maximizing the use of outdoor spaces with stunning gardens, integrated swimming pools, and outdoor leisure spaces to give the family a perfect combination of outdoor living and indoor luxury. Our Shoreham home is a great expression of indoor-outdoor Alfresco design.

Closely related to the growing trend of natural design, but worthy of its own analysis, we can expect to see more inside-outside design trends in 2017.

5. Energy Efficient Home Design

Energy efficiency and ecological design are some of the greatest social movements of the last decade. It is no wonder that these trends have filtered their way into modern architecture and building.

Homes that leave a lighter ecological footprint are not just cost effective, but also trendier, and as with any new fashion – the more you can spend on quality design and material, the better the output. Technology and design have grown considerably in recent years, to accommodate the social conscience and necessary responsibility of home design, minimize carbon emissions, lower energy uses, and create energy efficient luxury residential and commercial properties.

6. Transformable Luxury Spaces

Transforming luxury homes in New York, London, Tokyo & Paris, transformable spaces is a neoteric architectural trend that speaks one truth – in luxury city apartments, space transcends the traditional. The idea is to create living spaces that can be easily transformed to perform dual-functions that add a touch of luxury.

In the best executions of this trend, these spaces provide aesthetic expression and function within a home. Bath areas that highlight as a spa, outdoor areas performing as lounge rooms and office spaces transformed into libraries.

Our take is that if success can be found in big cities, architectural design can also find its finish here. Limited space has never been quite as trendy!

At we Canny work closely with you, to integrate emerging design trends within your home. Your preferences for the use of technology, materials, and design should be highlighted and enhanced within your home.

Contact us today to arrange a consultation to discuss your new home.


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