Architecture trends for 2019 and 2020

Architecture trends for 2019 and 2020



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The architectural trends for 2019 and 2020 have one thing in common: a commitment to sustainable development and sustainable architecture. Society in general is evolving towards environmental commitment and architectural trends, as a social manifestation, as well.

The use of recyclable materials, self-supplying buildings and installations of all kinds that respect the planet is becoming more and more frequent. But there are more trends in architecture that we tell you about below.

15 proposals that will mark the architectural styles of the future

Read these proposals carefully because they come to stay, most of them, and they will be trend in architecture for a long time. 

1. Industrial Style in Housing Architecture

It is defined by asymmetrical forms in construction, both in residential buildings and in other urban infrastructures. It is characterised by the combination of iron, wood, aluminium and even recycled plastic, which makes construction cheaper. Simple lines and the absence of surface elements are also characteristic of the industrial style.


In the image we see an industrial style loft designed with tiles from Azulev's Brooklyn series. 

2. Home automation and intelligent housing

It is an upward trend, both for new and refurbished buildings. Automated systems to control the temperature, light or security of houses are more and more demanded.

An intelligent building offers its users greater comfort and reduces consumption bills. The domotic architecture is a reflection of social awareness for the care of the environment and the need to consume the right thing.

3. Open and multipurpose spaces

The commitment to integrate different areas of the home to create diaphanous and multipurpose environments is becoming increasingly clear. This solution will allow you to enjoy more metres, the ones you gain from the eliminated partitions, and very practical spaces for the whole family.

Use construction materials that serve as a link between the united rooms and decorate the whole room in a coherent way, to gain space and light.

The integration of kitchen and living room is the most common in flats with few meters. But you can also choose to join the living room with the terrace or the living room with the bedroom. In the market there are folding and retractable furniture that will help you in these cases to move from one to another naturally.

Heritage is a stone of the limestone family of our brand Azulev. This tile is ideal for unifying interior or exterior spaces, as we see in the image above.  

The new uses of traditional spaces were the subject of debate in the last edition of SIMO, where Martha Torne and the architect Frida Escobedo debated this subject. An irrefutable proof of how the concept of the room is changing and of the architectural interest in redefining spaces.

4. The kitchen is the new protagonist...

The kitchen has traditionally been the most experienced room in the house. In it we prepare the food and, in many occasions, the family gathers to eat. But it is also the favourite place for children to play or for guests to have an aperitif.

On this occasion, we have also used the Heritage series to create this kitchen environment. 

That's why the architectural trends for 2019 give prominence to the kitchen, increasing its dimensions and connecting it with the dining room and living room. If you have that possibility, place a central island that serves as a water area and breakfast bar and visually separates the area from the living room.

5. ... and the bathroom is a relaxing space

The bathroom is no longer just the space dedicated to personal care. Now it's understood as the place to relax after a hard day's work. Where to disconnect from the outside to reconnect with yourself during a shower that will release our tensions. And all this thanks to the design and decoration.


This magnificent bathroom is much more than a bathroom, it is a real spa that we can have in our home, to enjoy a time of relaxation and rest thanks to the sauna, hydromassage bathtub and hammocks in which we can relax lying down. This environment has been designed with our series Calacatta and Eternal Roble. 

The new tendencies in baths bet for coatings in very clear colors or white, with tiles that facilitate the cleanliness and transmit calm and serenity to us. The shower becomes the main protagonist of the bathroom, be it a hydromassage cabin or a shower with screen. It is important that it has the necessary dimensions so that its use is comfortable for all users.

The simple furniture with storage capacity, to have everything collected, and an interior plant will create the necessary atmosphere to enjoy.

6. Protagonism of floors and walls 

These decorative elements take on a greater role in the architectural trends of 2019. Coverings with quality tiles that imitate different materials are imposed by their functionality.


In the image above, we see a room with floors and walls with our marble tiles of the series Calacatta de Azulev.

You will be able to place coverings with a wide variety of textures and colours, imitating clay, wood or polished cement among other materials. Make sure you always buy environmentally friendly products in their manufacture.

7. Risky combinations

The market offers such a variety of styles and colors in all building materials that it is difficult to choose a single option. That's why this year will be trend spaces with a multitude of shapes and materials, combined appropriately.

In the image above, we can see the spectacular result provided by the combination of porcelain parquet from Combiwood's Traditional Woods series and hydraulic tiles from Sanchis' Oldker series. 

Yellow in its different shades; from ancient pink to watermelon red; tiles with textures that imitate corduroy or tweed. In short, an explosion of shapes and colors that will affect the construction and decoration of homes and workspaces to create spaces full of life.

8. White, always white

White in its different shades continues to be the protagonist in interior design, alone or combined with other colors such as black, mustard or gray. In wall and floor coverings it gives luminosity to the rooms and visually enlarges them.

In addition, it reflects all the light received, which is why it is recommended in the case of dark rooms or interiors. Used to the right extent, for example in bathroom tiles, white will give you an excellent aesthetic result.


Azulev's Luminor series in white, and other light solid monocolours, provides a lot of luminosity. 

9. Reform, rehabilitate, remodel

The principle of achieving the best results while minimizing works is a trend during 2019. Rehabilitating old buildings, and in many cases historical buildings, to give them a new utility is a process that we have been observing in our cities for several years.   

Also the reform of the houses to adapt them to the new social demands and to provide them with greater comforts. These actions have the advantage of a lower economic cost than the construction from scratch of the house or building.

All the series of our SlimRect line are specially indicated for the reforms and the rehabilitation of buildings, since they allow the over-tiling thanks to their fine thickness of 6mm. In addition, Azulev Grupo's XLAM brand also offers extra-fine pavements, 6mm thick, which are ideal for renovations and rehabilitations because they also allow over-tiling. 

10. The new minimalism 

The trend towards minimalism in architecture translates into a commitment to simple forms using modern and avant-garde materials. Contract projects are in high demand for homes and hotels, as well as for office buildings and shopping centres. It is a trend to use quality materials to guarantee thermal and acoustic insulation that will result in economic savings and an environmental benefit.


The XLAM Vulcano and Calacatta series was used to design this minimalist environment. 

11. The contract concept 

This innovative concept creates innovative working environments through open, diaphanous and transparent spaces. In accordance with the new work methodology, which advocates collaboration and teamwork, offices are conceived as spaces in constant change and can be adapted at any time to the needs of users.

The contract concept is transferred to the dwellings to create multifunctional spaces without partition walls between some rooms and with rooms limited by glass walls.

12. Enjoying the outdoors all year round

The terraces and balconies can be enjoyed all year round if you condition them properly. The trend in architecture is the glazed enclosures without profiles, the so-called glass curtains, which allow the space to open completely when the good weather arrives. If you have an outdoor space, no matter how small, you can place mobile stoves to combat the cold.


The Brooklyn series by Azulev, among others from our brand, with a non-slip finish, ideal for all types of exteriors. 

Brooklyn is a contemporary material that fuses cement, stone and cotto. Its minimalist essence makes it an ideal tile for modern rooms or industrial style, which can be placed both indoors and outdoors.

13. Less noise, more light

Noise is a pollutant to which we are exposed inside and outside our homes. That is why more and more architectural projects are made thinking about this nuisance, using distributions and materials that minimize the noise inside the buildings.


Environment created with Ageless pearl and Vulcano gray XLAM. 

At the same time the architectural technology is developed so that the buildings take advantage of the natural light they receive from the sun. At the same time, designs that integrate artificial lighting in the most natural way possible are a trend, either with spotlights hidden between furniture or in the form of indirect warm light.

14. Tests with new construction methods

During the year 2019 we will know some of the results of experimentation with new construction systems.

Ambience created with a floor designed with Azulev's Genuine series, which is a wooden porcelain, and a special covering for the fireplace, for which the Expression series of our XLAM large format brand has been used. The Expression collection is a type of metal sheet of very thin iron and tin.

Genuine is a porcelain wood special to design rooms with an elegant and unique style. 

Structures made of recycled materials, such as plastic, or traditional construction methods will be implemented to curb environmental destruction and combat climate change. An example of this trend can be found in Ricola's Kräuterzentrum, designed by Herzog & de Meuron, winners of the Pritzker Prize 2001.

Also noteworthy is the environmental quality of our tiles, which are produced according to all environmental protocols.

15. Passive houses

What emerged as a trend in architecture, the passive house, has become a philosophy of life and a way of understanding how the relationship with the environment should develop. The architectural design in these houses has the primary objective of using the available resources to maximize energy savings. Thus, passive houses not only save their owners, they also contribute to improving the health and quality of life of those who live in them.

Concern for the environment and commitment to its care are social aspects that are reflected in the architectural trends of 2019. The use of less polluting materials and sustainable buildings is increasingly an objective of individuals and public administrations in the construction of buildings.

These fifteen architectural trends will influence the style, design and decoration of houses and buildings in the coming years.