What will be the architecture of the future and how will be the houses?

In recent years architecture and design have undergone radical changes breaking down internal and external barriers, the spaces have expanded to become larger and larger, more homogeneous and practical. Increasingly bold shapes take the place of straight and parallel lines, daring curves, technical details and decorative elements enrich projects such as the Zaha Had- id Salerno Maritime Terminal and the Hamburg ‘Edilphilarminique by Herzog & de Meuron, one of the most interesting structural challenges in Europe right now, where in the first it takes the appearance of an oyster, the second a ship docked in the harbor.

With new technologies and ecological commitment to use sustained energy for an energy-efficiency, architecture become more and more intelligent and aware of the seriousness of energy exploitation and air pollution of our planet. The reduction in energy consumption is therefore at the heart of the current and future architectural challenges, forcing sector companies to submit products and materials meeting these needs. Return to precious materials such as marble, wood and stone but in a modern twist, the highly successful ceramics in the floors and walls assume the most varied aspects from marble to wood, reconfirming its flex- ibility and versatility. The kitchens are becoming more and more spacious as living areas of the house with its stylish and practical tops, Flexhouse on the Lake of Zürich by Evolution Design is an example, where the architects aim an open spaces illumi- nated by natural light that enters through the large windows at all the hours of the day. Another trend is to use bricks to view or retrieve them in case they were already existing such as in the JW Mariott Resort & Spa in Venice, where the architects have restored the old pre-existing walls with the technique box in the box, entering just inside it with the new walls. These and other trends are shown in this issue rich of projects and photos, which can certainly meet every attentive reader to the changes and challenges ahead. 

Cecilia Pilone 

chief director