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The Drawing Board: Architecture’s Top Trends for 2023

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The Drawing Board: Architecture’s Top Trends for 2023
( Jason Masters)

What are some of the materials, designs and innovations expected to influence building design this year and beyond? Architects from some of the state’s top firms weigh in.

COLOR

“A demand for colorful, warm interiors is on the rise. Both at home and at work, people are looking for brighter, warmer, spaces. Tired of the gray days of quarantine life, people are looking for some punch and vibrance in 2023. Pantone’s 2023 Color of the Year says it all: ‘Viva Magenta.’” — Abbey Redmond, associate, interior design project manager, WDD Architects

The Drawing Board: Architecture’s Top Trends for 2023
( Jason Masters)

TECHNOLOGY INTEGRATION

“Users want their space to be so harmoniously infused with technology that you don’t see it; you just know it works. From hidden power sources, automated lights with programmed settings, flawless connectivity to networks anywhere anytime, to the most sophisticated virtual reality learning, the incorporation of systems from day one has never been so important.” — Redmond

The Drawing Board: Architecture’s Top Trends for 2023
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FLEXIBILITY

“Offices have transformed from closed offices to flexible open spaces that can be reconfigured based on the project or other needs. Even hospitals want the room to expand or change the use of clinical spaces without having to build a whole new building.” — Chris East, principal architectural, Cromwell

“Social spaces. Renewed focus on intentional, fun, invigorating gathering spaces after pandemic-era isolation.” — Nate Martin, senior associate, project architect, WDD Architects

The Drawing Board: Architecture’s Top Trends for 2023
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INCLUSIVITY

“This means making spaces accessible by having them larger and on a single level — fewer stairs — spaces dedicated to wheelchair accessibility — think bathrooms, movie theaters and sporting events — signage, spaces for special needs support in schools, and even doorknobs and brighter lighting. Probably even more applicable is that it means more opportunities for minority and women-owned businesses in the industry. We are seeing a lot more joint ventures between established contractors and minority contractors.” — East

The Drawing Board: Architecture’s Top Trends for 2023
( Sarah Oden)

TIMBER

“Mass Timber, also known as Cross Laminate Timber (CLT), as an alternative to steel and concrete because is it beautiful, sustainable and can use local wood that Arkansas has an abundance of.” — East

“The continued rise of heavy timber / cross laminated timber as a mainstream building material for commercial structures.” — Martin

The Drawing Board: Architecture’s Top Trends for 2023
( Karen E. Segrave)
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