Building Design Strategies for High-End Residential Development

Vladislav Doronin, OKO Group CEO, founder and chairman, heads a leading name in property development in the United States, with the company having successfully completed several major projects in Miami and other major US cities, including redeveloping the landmark Crown Building in New York.

This article will share innovative design strategies for modern properties, with a special emphasis on high-end residential real estate.

The world of multi-family residential real estate is starting to shift, with middle-market housing developments becoming saturated.

At opposite sides of the spectrum, from affordable housing on one end to ultra-luxury accommodation on the other, gaps are becoming apparent.

The COVID-19 pandemic has also added another layer of consideration for buyers in terms of residential building design.

Significantly changing the way people work, live and spend their free time, potentially permanently, the pandemic has forced designers to focus on innovating exciting new ways of meeting the changing demands of the human experience.

As we move through 2023, the following design trends are tipped to feature prominently in the design of luxury residential properties.

Emphasis on Personal Living Spaces

Home satisfaction hinges on a variety of different factors relating to the building and location.

However, in terms of enjoyment of the home, unit-level factors are paramount – and key among them are personal living spaces.

Poor layouts, noise issues and inadequate storage are all common sticking points for homeowners.

Market-savvy developers and designers are therefore focusing on improving unit experiences overall and better supporting the diverse range of activities that occur in the homes of today, from cooking and relaxing to exercising and working.

Commitment to Innovation

Singapore is the embodiment of modern architectural design and innovation.

From Changi Airport to Cloud Forest and the Gardens by the Bay show, arrivals are surrounded by next-generation technology, with the country’s pristine city streets even boasting autonomous robot taxis.

In an age of tumult, the world needs more than just pretty buildings, with developers required to think bigger and deeper about the way they produce structures and the impact of those buildings, along with the long-term future of the development they have designed.

3D-Printed Designs

3D Printed Designs

The use of cutting-edge technology such as 3D printing and modeling, the Internet of Things and BIM is becoming increasingly prevalent in building design and construction.

3D-printed designs in particular have enjoyed a heyday in recent months, enabling developers to streamline logistics, reduce labor time and create high-precision architectural models right from the pre-development stage.

Attention to Detail

Walking down the streets of Florence, Paris or Milan, visitors are astounded by an exciting array of different sights at every turn.

From small cafes to vast cathedrals, the buildings and architecture of Europe’s most iconic cities all share one thing in common: meticulous attention to detail.

When working with luxury buildings, designers are fortunate enough to have built-in budgets capable of covering higher-end details.

These in turn can transform a simple apartment complex into something that is truly remarkable in terms of both look and feel.

If space allows, raised ceilings can be used to create a dramatic impact, potentially allowing for two levels of liveable space: one for personal use and one for entertainment.

Raising the height of a ceiling by just a few feet immediately bestows a sense of grandeur on the living space, giving each area its own feeling of privacy – even if, in reality, the footprint of the unit is not particularly large.

An Impetus on Sustainability

A report by McKinsey suggests that urban developers and designers are increasingly prioritizing sustainability in projects, striving to balance their ecological and environmental impacts.

For example, when looking at energy, developers are moving away from using individual compressor chillers for air conditioning, shifting instead to centralized chilled water models capable of cooling properties at a district level for greater energy efficiency.

Meanwhile, in terms of waste management, developers are increasingly seeking opportunities to create closed-loop, zero-waste systems that provide longer-term solutions.

Floating Buildings

Floating living areas are arguably the pinnacle of revolutionary architecture.

Facilitated by groundbreaking advancements in technology and materials, many of these designs are created to counter the effects of climate change and catastrophic weather events, hurricane and flood-proofing homes for climatological scenarios.

Based in Rome, the Pangeos is the world’s most ambitious floating living project to date, making history as the world’s largest floating city.

Taking the form of a huge tortoise, the development will incorporate 30,000 individual cells, making the hull unsinkable.

Meanwhile, in the United Kingdom, ambitious plans are currently underway to build a floating village at London’s Royal Docks, incorporating a chain of floating settlements extending along a watery boulevard.

This innovative new development will be surrounded by a ‘blue belt’, enabling occupants to experience the unique ‘aquatecture’ – culminating in an iconic and inspirational legacy that future generations can be proud of.

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