The Top 10 Architecture and Design Trends of 2015

  • 2015-12-29
  • Dezeen

Dezeen editor Anna Winston identifies 10 of the key architecture and design trends of 2015, including ocean plastic, floating buildings and "broken-plan" living.

Floating Architecture

Dezeen investigated the trend for floating architecture following a flurry of proposals ranging from housing developments on the canals of London tofloating homes in Amsterdam and amphibious cities in China.

Architect Kunlé Adeyemi, whose projects include a floating school for a Lagos lagoon, told Dezeen that floating buildings were an opportunity to think about "living with water as opposed to fighting it and doing land reclamation."


Engineers and scientists have been trumpeting the beginning of the robot age for decades, but this year it finally felt like it might be dawning.

Austrian architect Wolf D Prix declared robotic construction and 3D printing to be the future of architecture, while Dutch designer Joris Laarman shared his plans to use robots to 3D print an entire Amsterdam footbridge in mid air.