The more technology develops, the weirder and more wonderful our global architecture trends become. The creation of innovative sustainable materials, such as ferrock and mycelium, has already impacted how architects and engineers are approaching futuristic architecture, while smart technology is equally having an effect on real estate trends. However, it's not just about the high-tech innovations appearing in the buildings themselves, but also about what tools the architects are using during the designing process. This is where the drone is causing a speculative stir.
Drones as we know them
Drones have been available on the market for several years now, but they've only recently become a much more common phenomenon for the general public. They range from basic toy options to the high-tech commercial designs being tested by the likes of Amazon for delivery purposes.
Somewhere in the middle of these two ends lies the personal-use drone for tech enthusiasts, photographers and even architects, who use them to retrieve never-before-seen footage from angles only visible from the air. According to architect Mark Dytham, this ability to gain a true bird's-eye viewpoint will become an integral part of futuristic architecture design.
How will they influence architecture?
Dytham believes that this new means of viewing our properties from every angle will affect architecture trends. Architects and homeowners will be able to consider what the property will look like from every angle, including the home's roof shape and pattern.
These machines could also revolutionise how we conduct building surveys and maintenance. Flying devices are able to view and pinpoint structural issues quicker and more accurately than can be done by the human eye alone, and they may even be able to fix any problems along the way too.
The future of postal services
As well as becoming part of our designing methods, it is looking increasingly more likely that drones will enter certain aspects of our daily lives too. They're set to deliver packages from companies to residences, and the German company Lilium is in the process of developing a drone design that can carry two people.
If our transportation systems continue to move skyward, there’s no reason why buildings shouldn’t extend their arms to meet that, with roof-top parking and landing pads – a real sign of our movement towards futuristic architecture.
What about real estate trends?
However, drone landing pads on city high-rises aren't on the cards any time soon. The more immediate repercussion of drone technology on our real estate trends is more likely to be the integration of drone delivery portals. Equally, this technology is set to allow potential home buyers and renters to view properties from overseas or from the comfort of their offices, which could prove revolutionary to how the luxury real estate and holiday home market operates.
When it comes to commercial real estate, the potential changes on the horizon are considerable. Warehouses would end up moving closer to cities, within the electric battery range of their drones, and companies may require smaller storage and parking areas since there will be less need for large lorries and loading bays. On the other hand, roof space may become a much more desirable feature of the commercial property lot.
As the future of both technology and architecture begins to form before our eyes, other aspects, like the potential future public or private ownership claims of city airspace, may also come into play. However for now, all we can do is speculate over these modern evolutions and begin to prepare our properties for the changes looming on the horizon.