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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.
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