A Look Ahead: High Tech Architecture

High Tech architecture, which emerged as an extension of Late Modernism in the 1970s, is a style that aims to integrate industrial and technological developments into buildings. The biggest difference from the previous architectural trends is that it uses design and construction elements in a way that can be clearly perceived by those who see it. The most important motivation behind this trend is to produce structures that can adapt to today’s life, which is rapidly changing and developing. Let’s examine a few of the works that emerged with this extraordinary architectural trend;

1. Renault Distribution Center (1982)

Located in Swindon, United Kingdom, this building is seen as one of the most prominent works of High-Tech architecture. The most striking thing in this structure is the clearly visible yellow steel structure columns.


2. Centre Pompidou (1977)

This art center, which was defined by its architect Renzo Piano as “a spaceship landed in the middle of Paris”, is remembered as one of the iconic structures of Paris. The most memorable part of the Center Pompidou, which resembles an unfinished building with its colorful columns, is undoubtedly the transparent escalators on the facade.

3. Eden Project (2001)

In this project, which consists of interconnected bubble-like structures, each dome contains different habitats. In this project, which emerged with an adaptable and transformable design, the materials used in buildings are ETFE, which is a complete high-tech product.