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Cladding Trends Materials, Colours, Designs
Ar. Bhuvan Kapila, Workshop for Metropolitan Architecture (WMA)
As a part of the architecture industry, one is constantly in dialogue with the dynamic world of design, driven by a passion for a sublime, engaging and distinctive creation that seamlessly connects with the outside world. With luxurious, grand and opulent designs that merge with the natural environment, the author presents a modernist and analytical perspective on the ever-evolving realm of cladding. By exploring the latest materials, colours and designs, this article unfolds the transformative power of cladding as a vital component in contemporary architecture. With a visionary lens, one can become aware of the present state of cladding and understand its future impact that paves the way for innovative and captivating architectural expressions.
EVOLVING MATERIALS: A UNION OF NATURE AND TECHNOLOGY
Cladding materials have experienced a renaissance in recent years, driven by the desire to create visual façades that easily merge with the natural environment. Today there is an increased exploration of the vast possibilities offered by innovative materials such as engineered timber, glass-fibre reinforced concrete (GFRC), terracotta and metal composites. These materials provide structural integrity while establishing an exchange between the built environment and nature. By embracing the union of nature and technology, one can evoke a sense of opulence, sustainability and resilience in their designs.
COLOURS: FROM SUBTLE ELEGANCE TO BOLD EXPRESSIONS
Colours wield tremendous power in architectural design, evoking emotions and setting the tone for a space. While neutral and monochromatic palettes have dominated the scene, a contemporary shift towards vibrant and daring colour schemes is underway. Deep blues, earthy tones and striking metallic hues are finding their way onto façades, imbuing them with energy and personality. This departure from convention adds an element of drama, allowing structures to make a bold and unforgettable statement in the urban landscape.
DYNAMIC DESIGNS: THE ARTISTRY OF PATTERNS AND TEXTURES
In the realm of cladding designs, designers are increasingly embracing dynamic patterns and textures to create appealing façades. This trend is fueled by advancements in digital fabrication techniques, enabling the realisation of intricate and customisable cladding elements. Geometric shapes, organic motifs and abstract compositions are bringing buildings to life, transforming them into works of art. These captivating designs engage the viewer, inviting them to further explore the interplay of light and shadow that weave across the surfaces.
NATURE-INSPIRED CLADDING – BLURRING BOUNDARIES
Our connection with nature has a profound impact on our well-being and architects are harnessing this understanding by integrating nature-inspired cladding designs into their projects. Vertical gardens, living walls and the use of natural textures enable a seamless blending of the built environment with the surrounding landscape. By embracing biophilic design principles, architects create spaces that exude opulence and foster a sense of serenity and harmony, allowing occupants to experience the soothing effects of nature and enhancing their overall well-being.
SUSTAINABILITY – PIONEERING THE PATH TO A GREENER TOMORROW
As architects, we hold the responsibility to design with sustainability at the forefront of our minds. Cladding presents a unique opportunity to incorporate eco-friendly materials and technologies into our designs. Recycled and reclaimed materials, along with energy-efficient systems, contribute to a reduced carbon footprint. By embracing sustainable cladding solutions, architects can not only create luxurious and opulent spaces but also contribute positively to the environment, leaving a lasting impact for generations to come.
FUTURE IMPACT – PUSHING BOUNDARIES AND DEFINING THE FUTURE
Looking ahead, cladding trends will continue to push boundaries and define the future of architectural expression. Smart cladding systems, integrating technologies that respond to environmental conditions and user preferences, will revolutionise the way buildings interact with their surroundings. Augmented reality and interactive interfaces will further enhance the user experience, allowing individuals to engage with cladding on a whole new level.
Cladding trends in contemporary architecture offer a myriad of opportunities for architectural expression and design innovation. As the founder of an architecture studio, I am deeply inspired by the endless possibilities that cladding materials, colours and designs present. As we navigate the future, the transformative power of cladding will continue to shape the architectural landscape, ushering in an era of grandeur, innovation and harmonious coexistence with nature.
CELESTIAL ORB IN THE HEART OF GURUGRAM
Nestled in the heart of Gurugram. With its charming 12 feet-high ceilings, this residence embraces the richness of earthy Indian materials and custom-crafted furniture. Its façade is shown with a distinctive blend of wood, metal, stone and glass, creating an alluring and unconventional exterior. Despite the limited site area, the villa maximises its height, defining itself with a sense of grandeur.
Step inside this sun-lit home transformed into a tranquil tropical paradise with soothing oceanic tones and wood elements. Designed by design enthusiasts, Bhuvan and Gagandeep Kapila, in collaboration with the homeowners – a prestigious salon proprietor, his artist partner and their daughter. Every aspect of this home exudes elegance, from the curved furniture inspired by arches and domes to the personal artworks by the homeowners and carefully chosen sculptural pieces.
Natural light floods in through skylights and windows, while touches of greenery enhance the overall design narrative. sculptural pieces. Natural light floods in through skylights and windows, while touches of greenery enhance the overall design narrative. The journey through the home begins with a welcoming lobby on the ground floor, leading to living, dining and bedroom areas on subsequent floors. A robust staircase with a glass railing connects the home physically and aesthetically, illuminated by unique pendant lighting. A Chinese granite feature wall stands out as an artwork, while sheer linen curtains filter sunlight, illuminating the deep blue velvet sofa and natural-hued hand-knotted rugs.
Subtle touches of gold add a luxurious element to the furnishings and decor. At the heart of the home, the 12 feet high dining area invites the family to relish the expansive property. A vibrant pop of blues and a skylight with hanging pendants enhance the lively atmosphere. The lounge strategically overlooks the living and dining areas, creating an open expanse of communal spaces. The master bedroom features soothing beige tones, while the daughter’s bedroom showcases shades of pink and grey. Floral patterns and metallic accents unify both rooms, complemented by seamless Michelangelo marble flooring throughout the home.
The topmost floor doubles as a conservatory and art gallery for homeowners, who are accomplished Master Artists. This unique space exhibits their personal collection of artworks and family photographs. Artistic touches in the furniture and decor elevate the atmosphere, while a subdued colour palette accentuates the artwork. Opening to a deck with green landscapes and planters, it offers an inviting outdoor space. In essence, this contemporary dwelling stands as a resounding testament to the homeowners’ desires to create a bespoke sanctuary tailored to their every need for serenity, solace and revitalisation.
Ar. Bhuvan Kapila, Workshop for Metropolitan Architecture (WMA)
Founder and Principal Architect
Ar. Bhuvan Kapila, an architect and an avid explorer of the world, draws inspiration from his global encounters to fuel his passion for design. With a keen eye for detail, he envisions spaces beyond the ordinary, embracing flow, volumes and intricate features. After graduating from the TVB School of Habitat Studies, he immersed himself in architectural knowledge & industry trends. Transitioning to entrepreneurship was a challenge, but his talent and individuality propelled him forward, founding Workshop for Metropolitan Architecture (WMA). WMA thrives on design excellence and construction sophistication, fostering a collaborative environment for innovative creations. Bhuvan’s philosophy centres on human interaction with space, context and cultural influences, resulting in meaningful designs. This ideology in thought and design has garnered the firm strong recognition in esteemed publications, solidifying its position in the industry. With a resolute commitment to contextual design and sustainability, Bhuvan Kapila paves the way for continued success in crafting remarkable spaces for his design firm, WMA.