For those of us who love to ponder and study property design, we may have to put to bed a question that has been unanswered for decades. By what purpose, design, thought structure, needs and expression can we define a property to be ‘modern’? It's in absolute agreement that yes, it seems as if modern designs are very minimalistic. They are so because they provide more room for their inhabitants. This is driven by culture but also be the physical needs of our very species. We love places that we have to ourselves and can call our home. We want a better standard of living than ever before in our history, therefore more room is needed for our homes and living spaces. Therefore minimalism makes sense because it makes the best of any situation with regards to providing space. However, another part of what ‘modern’ design is, is a love or rather obsession with straight lines. Wherever you look in any architecture and interior design that has been built in the last 10 years at least and calls itself modern, you will see endless straight, clean, sharp lines. But are those two things really it? Surely it can’t be that simple, to sum up, what a ‘modern’ property is?
The call for space
Of all the arguments made for interior design and architecture becoming more and more minimalist, is the requirement for space. This from a political and cultural standpoint actually makes sense. We all know that the world is extremely populated with around 7.6 billion people. In fact, it's not cruel to make the case that modern society is too crowded and therefore our planet is overpopulated. But all these people need homes and thus, home designers and builders are now demanded to supply home buyers with maximum space but taking up as little land as needed.
Therefore what’s modern is what’s practical in this new environment. Open floor plans that merge the living room and dining area as one are not just popular in condominiums and apartments, but newly-built homes too. The walls themselves become useful with built-in shelves. They make sense and they look sophisticated, almost as if there is a hidden spot in the room. Psychologically when we enter into such a living space, we noticed the empty space and the furniture and decor spaced from each other. We’re less stressed and breathe easier when we have more space to roam in our own homes.
A readymade canvas
Some people may get offended to digest such a thought but if their home is distinctly designed in this manner, it’s almost as if a lack of design is the design. Think about it, modern decor with sharp straight lines, and homes that have minimal features are inherently neutral. Just take a look at the colors that are seen most frequently in a modern interior. White, grey, pastel shades and of course the occasional matte black are the most used. However white does hug the design with serenity and thus we feel calm and relaxed in the modern home. Neutral colors are also deadening on the decor also which means are pronounced intricate style, carvings, moldings, sculptings, and drawings have their effect doused. A bonus for your own style comes out of this as the large empty spaces, neutral colors and minimalist design allows you to input your own creativity more to greater effect.
Terrace and balcony
Whenever space is cut its always going to be horizontal and outward. This the ethos behind the apartment tower blocks that stand all across the world. So for a residential home that still fetches a hefty price tag, how can everything that a homeowner expects to get still be supplied? Gardens are becoming smaller therefore so are patios and verandas. Without a garden of some sort, those two features would be pretty useless. For modern homes terraces are making a gigantic comeback. Certainly not for the average home, but for the upper-middle class designs it fits in perfectly. A roof terrace is going to be the pricier option but the stunning effect it can have on a home is well worth it. However, you can also have ground floor terraces that are great for outdoor dinner celebrations.
A roof terrace goes well with a three-bedroom house but even better with over that number. A three-bedroom house will have to sacrifice some space for one of the bedrooms. It makes perfect sense that access to the terrace would be via the master bedroom. The other bedrooms may have to become a little smaller but the reward is to have an open space outside that is on the first floor and secure.
Wood decking of the floor is by far the most popular. It's cost-effective, looks great in all weathers and is light in weight. Don’t forget that a roof terrace is not a bedroom and it needs to be treated differently. It's a place to entertain and enjoy games while drinking and eating. However, you want the weight to be supported by the room directly downstairs.
Future apartment lifestyle
In a way, all these choices of space and style are ready for the future. In fact, you could even say that this kind of thinking first came to the fore by the fact that apartments needed to be more than just apartments. The bachelor lifestyle is by the most widespread in any kind of property market in the world. Condos, studio flats, and apartment pads need to be spacious enough for at least two people and maybe a pet, but still be affordable. Because the price is inherently or should be lower because of the minimalist design, other things have to capture the attention of the consumer.
Take for example these incredible high-rise apartments buildings that will be a new launch property in Malaysia. The absolutely stunning and marvel of engineering SkyAwani 3 Residence in Setapak will offer condominiums with an established view. A modern bachelor lifestyle or even a young couple starting a family in a condo has become very attractive because of the whole package. The SkyAwani 3 Residence will open its doors in 2021 and feature great facilities to wash clothes, for example, large home spaces, modern decor and made from great quality materials such as leather, suede, silk, cotton, wool and tempered glass. The building itself will have its own security so residence feel absolutely secure. To top this wonderful building off, it will be in an excellent location with short distance to and from the city center of Kuala Lumpur.
So about the facilities, you’re going to be blown away by how much care a modern condo highrise can manage. On the roof, there will be an open pathway that all residence may walk. On this walkway, there will be oasis points such as a miniature garden with a waterfall feature. Trees will be standing tall to provide you with shade. You’ll see joggers running around getting their daily cardio workouts in. And of course, there will be a swimming pool for you to relax in. For those who want to keep fit, they can enjoy a basketball court, or perhaps slow things down a bit by being part of a routine in the yoga lounge. So as you can see a modern property isn’t just defined by the decor, living space and design. Homes and apartments of all kinds need to have something that’s catered toward a leisurely lifestyle.
A solemn sacrifice
Perhaps we will never see sophisticated living the likes of which the 16th century onwards showed us. The issue with brilliantly delicate and artistically inspired decor and homes are, they need room. They need space to spread their wings and look like they belong. With the population increasing and less space left, we might have to come to terms that this modern minimalist design is here to stay. However, it's not all bad because a modern property is all about creating your own living space more than it is to surround yourself with things that you like. Amenities that make life easier and allow you to do chores closer to home like washing your clothes and car, even in an apartment are allocated more room. You can fully expect condos to be spacious and provide an upper-middle class experience for more and more of the populace. Homes themselves are yet to go through a major transformation but they will most definitely be more vertically inspired in the future.
So what makes a property ‘modern’? Well to give an apartment or house that title, we must first work out what matters more, design or function? It's clear to see that straight lines pretty much are the inner core of modern design. Sharp edges and flat surfaces are the keys. They do provide an interior with much more room but just like their minimalist intent, don’t offer much in the way of style. A terrace or balcony of your own gives you the opportunity to remain half in and half out of your home. On the first floor, you can enjoy a cup of tea in the sun or watch the activities of the locals in your neighborhood. Since future homes will more than likely have less garden space but more floors, you can install a swimming pool or jacuzzi instead of keeping a lawn. Living is changing, it's up to the individual to see the alterations to our homes as positive or a step backward.