Trends in Commercial Architecture: Part 1 

Commercial architecture is constantly changing and evolving, and in this article we’ll explore some of the new, exciting trends we’re seeing in commercial buildings and their interior design. While building designers know that there are certain classic architectural elements that many people like, they also understand these classic elements can be reinvented in ways that maximize space and enhance the overall aesthetic of a building. Let’s take a look at some of the latest commercial architecture trends in the industry and discuss ways you can incorporate them into your design plans. 


Internet of Things (IoT)


The Internet of Things (IoT) is a phrase used to describe physical objects that are equipped with technologies like sensors, alarms, and software. These “things,” are connected to the internet so they can exchange data with other objects. You may have heard the phrase “smart home,” where all electronics, the air temperature, the home security system, the coffee maker, and even the washing machine are all remote controlled. 


Commercial architects are now integrating IoT into commercial building design with lighting, heating and air conditioning, security sensors, and more. Architects can use IoT in hospitals, schools, museums, and corporate offices to make all systems run more efficiently and smoothly. 


Open and Multi-Purpose Interior Layout 


Over the years, commercial office architecture has moved away from boxed-in spaces and towards “open office,” multi-purpose layouts. This trend has emerged and stayed relevant because people recognized that office space doesn’t simply serve one function. Office space needs to be adaptable so many people can use it, while also maintaining CDC health and safety protocols so people feel safe while using it. Now, building designers are focused on creating open, well circulated spaces that can be used for a variety of purposes throughout the work day. 


Sustainable and Green Building Designs 


While sustainability is a trend, it’s also about creating the safest, healthiest environment for the people in your building. Green building designs include things like efficient use of water, lights, and AC/heating, using non-toxic building materials, using solar power, and ensuring you have high quality air circulation indoors. We recommend that commercial architects and interior designers work together to create a sustainable space that focuses on across-the-board health and efficiency. 




Psychographics is studying and classifying people based on certain psychological criteria, like attitudes, goals, values, opinions, and moods. Commercial architects and interior designers use psychographic data gathered from market research to make decisions about paint colors, furniture design, what type of artwork to use throughout the space, the look and feel of common areas, and much more. 


If you’d like to find out how we can incorporate these trends into your current architectural plans, please contact our team at Seth A. Leeb Architect today or visit our website at: https://leeb-architecture.com/

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