Architects turning from steel and glass to decorative facades (Telegraph).

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Changes in architecture do not happen overnight, but in recent years it has been possible to discern a major new trend. Buildings with decorative facades, which recall the ornate exteriors of the 19th-century Arts and Crafts and Art Nouveau movements, are becoming increasingly common.

Entire facades are being wrapped in materials evoking anything from seashells to ancient lacework; at night, these are sometimes backlit to theatrical effect in order, as it were, to animate them. Architects are increasingly exploring a building’s potential to have expressive, softer, even human qualities.

Architects turning from steel and glass to decorative facades (Telegraph).

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