Building modern houses: diversity in textures and sustainable use of energy

Contemporary architecture has an elegant and often glamorous appearance. Even rough materials, such as traditional wood, can be processed smoothly and even brilliantly using modern techniques. As a result, some people seem to believe that the mirror surfaces are the true hallmark of contemporary architecture.

That is also true to a certain extent. They are one of the most essential features of contemporary and even futuristic architecture. The glossy and smooth surfaces made of different materials are a strong demonstration of the potential of modern processing technologies. You can create miracles from the different textures and bring out the most beautiful of their natural radiance.

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The glamorous effect is one of the many ways in which you can show a material in its beautiful, contemporary light. The varied textures – many under one roof, are the most essential feature of modern construction.

Contemporary architecture has an elegant and often glamorous appearance

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In harmony with nature

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The challenge today is uniformity

With so many options in terms of processing, you quickly come across the following challenge: How do we build in such a way that we show as much of the variety of textures as possible and still create a uniform appearance?

Keywords: diversity and unity

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The most important rule sounds very simple: the combination of the different materials should make sense. In other words, the different structural elements should complement each other. Regardless of whether you rely on similarities in appearance or on contrasts, the materials should be shown from their advantageous side thanks to these combinations.

Skilfully combining building materials

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Let’s take glass-wood house facades as an example. They are a common contemporary solution. Such facades offer light and transparency through the wide use of glass. The role of wood is to provide a feeling of privacy and domestic warmth. In addition, its ornamental effect is shown to advantage in front of the glass facade.

Comfort comes first

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Use of different materials on the facade of massive houses

Houses that have a large floor plan and several storeys can also benefit greatly from the variety of different materials. They offer different levels of insulation and can generate light and heat to different degrees.

Depending on how you distribute the materials on the facade or in the interior, you can save on energy costs for warming up or cooling down.

Create a private oasis of well-being

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Glass is suitable on the sides on which the sun never or hardly shines directly. Thanks to this material, you can significantly increase the feeling of well-being in a dark ambience. Wood, in combination with concrete, ensures good insulation in colder climates and keeps the cool air inside on warm days.

Nice contrasts: wood in combination with concrete

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The interior design

The variety of textures in interior decoration is no less present in interior design. Here it is also very important for aesthetic as well as constructional reasons. House designers are becoming more and more courageous and are finding more and more suitable couples. Combining wood and tiles, for example, is very popular. The first material is good for insulation and makes you feel warm. The tiles expand the space and the effect of the other materials, in this case – the look of the wood.

The variety of textures is also present in the interior design 

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The materials in the interior design, just like on the facade, should be distributed depending on the location of the rooms. Glass is right where you want a seamless transition between inside and outside. You use wood in rooms where you need good insulation. Wood and tiles are good interior cladding for concrete walls, as the latter heat up and cool down quickly.

The rustic flair provides extra comfort

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Seamless transition between inside and outside

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Another function of the use of different materials in the interior design is the division of the zones within an open living space. In modern multi-storey houses, which have an open floor plan, up to three or four materials can be seen. Concrete is often left bare on the inner walls, glass can rise over two or more storeys on an outer wall, we often see wood and tiles on floors and outer walls.

Division of the zones within an open living space

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conclusion

The variety of textures is the most essential feature of contemporary architecture. The innovations make it possible to continue to use the materials we know and yet experience them in ever newer forms. Due to the different types of processing, the same materials can be seen indoors and outdoors. Architects ensure a smooth transition between inside and outside, and also ensure that contemporary houses are harmoniously inscribed in their surroundings – regardless of whether they have an urban or natural character.

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Industrial style bathroom

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Wall decoration also in the basement

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