Much of Britain has evolved their architectural styles over the centuries where the nation’s traditional, ‘medieval-meets-renaissance-meets-Victorian’ designs are becoming less frequent as the modern millennia take over.
While some of the UK is still holding onto their classic heritage, many new neighborhoods are keen to transition to a bolder, fresher look.
A look that embodies sleek designs, straight lines, monochromatic colors and glass/stone accents.
Best Modern Architecture in UK
Less is more in modern architecture and sometimes, the Brits have a hard time achieving that look but when they do, they nail it.
Here’s some of the most interesting, modern homes in the UK:
Hill Top House, West Harrogate
Hill Top House is located in the countryside within the Crimple Valley of West Harrogate.
This environmentally friendly residence consists of five structures that resemble the designs of an early 20th century farmhouse.
However, each barn-like structure is free from unnecessary embellishments, limiting each detail to only the most essential designs. This modern take on a farmhouse displays its true beauty through the simplicity of its design and minimalist features.
Private Residence, Hampstead, North London
This private residence in Hampstead, North London is the epitome of a modern interior. The monochrome colors complement the wooden floors and marble countertops, while the accents and furnishings give the space its unique ambiance.
The living area has hints of Neo-Georgian details that stand out throughout the ceiling and base moldings, while the bathroom features a futuristic setting.
This space was originally designed in the early 1900s by Victorian architect Charles Quennell, however, its modern look was recently restored by Studio Kyson in the early 2000s.
Private Residence, Kensington, London
This penthouse resides in one of Kensington’s most exclusive neighborhoods and spreads over four terraces and 3600 square feet.
The tones of this modern apartment match the Hampstead residence’s cool, monochrome hues, wooden floors and marble accents.
Natural light seeps through the balcony, reflecting off the walls as it enters from the ceiling, making it the leading aesthetic throughout the space.
Natural light is vital to contemporary architecture where glass is one of the most vital materials.
Cadogan Corner, London
Cadogan Corner exhibits a modern take of the Victorian Terrace it neighbors. The two buildings are essentially opposites, where one focuses on dark colors, sleek textures and minimalist designs, and the other promotes lighter shades, detailed moldings, and a traditional British façade.
Red Post Hill, London
Red Post Hill exhibits irregular, geometric building structures that were intelligently conceived to preserve the homes’ sustainability.
Each base is made of brick while the upper portions are balanced out with sculptural steel. The colors of the buildings aren’t the traditional monochromatic hues that we’ve observed previously, but instead, shades of burnt orange, tans and browns take over.
Scrutton Street, Shoreditch, London
The interior of this modern home in Shoreditch incorporates French oak, Welsh slate and other natural materials to create a functional living area.
Bright accents are used throughout the interior of the space while the furniture stays simple and conservative. The balcony windows are as tall as the ceilings as they overlook the patio towering over London’s Financial District. The patio furniture is as elementary as it is on the inside, but the dark features make it much more sophisticated.
Large, glass windows, steel embellishments and stone accents surround this secluded home in Harrogate.
A two-story dwelling with a flat roof constructed of stone makes this innovative home look ahead of its time.
This Harrogate home is essentially what we think of when we describe “cutting-edge” or “inventive” homes. It entails straight lines, bold corners and geometric shapes throughout the entire design.
These contemporary homes typically seem to be in the countryside, as the rest of the nation slowly continues to adapt to fresh, new, and modern architecture styles.
Modern Architecture in UK
The United Kingdom is filled with tons of great architecture, some influenced by their heritage and culture while others are transitioning into more sustainable, contemporary dwellings.
The seven modern homes that we listed above are just the start of what modern can really look like, but the architectural style essentially begins with sleek lines, neutral colors, stone/glass materials, and minimalist designs.
Was there anything that we missed?
Feel free to reach out and let us know what you think of our top modern home designs in the UK.
London Modern Architecture
One of the most popular cities in the world, London is home to classically elegant, yet modernly timeless architecture.
London is an old city where the modern millennia has built on top of its opulent heritage, adding to the city’s beauty with countless contemporary buildings, neighborhoods, museums, shopping centers and more.
While some of the structures in London are more unique than others, the city’s architectural diversity, along with its history, is what makes this royal town truly exquisite.
London Modern Architecture Buildings
London’s vintage-esque vibes are incredible to see, especially when you hear how old some of these buildings are.
While its elder beauty is unparalleled, London sports lots of cutting-edge architecture that we just can’t ignore:
The Shard’s neo-futuristic structure towers 1,015ft. over Southwark, London, making it the tallest building in the UK and European Union, and the fourth largest building in Europe. Some of the world’s most famous restaurants, offices, and hotel rooms reside in The Shard. While the building is an architectural wonder, it’s also eco-friendly and constructed out of 95% of recycled materials. The 72nd floor is accessible to the public where you can get a magnificent view of the entire city.
The Gherkin is arguably the most iconic modern building in London where it’s designed to be extremely energy efficient and consume only half the power of a similar structure. This 590-foot tower houses hundreds of business offices where each floor rotates 5 degrees more than the previous floor to essentially attain the building’s soaring elevation. In addition, The Gherkin’s circumference is merely 8-feet smaller than its height, confirming that its architects were innovation pioneers during the time of its establishment in 2003.
Lloyd’s Building was impressively completed in 1986 by Richard Rogers who adopted a radical Bowelism style while designing the 311-foot structure. Constructed of concrete, stainless steel and glass, Lloyd’s Building is also referred to as the ‘mechanical cathedral’. Its erratic design is used to maximize the space’s interior by placing the ducts, elevators, vents and such on the building’s exterior. Llyod’s Building has appeared in various movies including Guardians of the Galaxy, The Avengers, Anomaly and more.
The exterior of the British Museum in London is grand and resembles what many ancient Greek buildings looked like; tall, made of concrete, and columns in throughout the entrance. However, the central courtyard of the British Museum holds The Great Court, a canopy-styled space designed with state-of-the-art engineering. The Great Court was first used for storage but now serves as an exhibition to everyone who visits the museum. The space is intricately designed, particularly its glass roof, and has lured over 113 million people to visit as of December 6th, 2020.
An unprecedented 375-foot sculpture and observation tower in London, The Orbit is a must-see attraction, not only because of its design, but because it’s also the tallest and longest tunnel slide in the world.
One of the first buildings to incorporate wind turbines in its structure design in the world, Strata SE1 is a 482-foot residential tower in Southwark, London. The structure holds 408 apartments and is home to over 1,000 residents. Imagine how long it takes you to get to the ground floor if you’re living in the penthouse.
Adjacent to Tower Bridge, City Hall is noted for its uniquely spherical design that stands out amid the more traditional scenery of the River Thames’ south bank. Despite its misleading name, City Hall serves as the offices of the Mayor of London and the London Assembly, not as the town’s city hall. The structure utilizes eco-friendly materials such as its solar paneled roof, and its circular shape also helps conserve energy because it minimizes the surface area of the interior.
Modern Architecture Tour London
London has various tours that you can take around its lively city.
From the classic, red, Big Bus tours, to privately intimate museum tours, and modern architecture tours, there’s a tour in London that suits everyone.
If you book a modern architecture tour in London, you’ll be able to visit many of the contemporary buildings that we mentioned in the previous paragraph, plus more.
Reach out and tell us about your London experience or which of our cutting-edge structures was your favorite!
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