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Modern Industrial Is The Trend To Watch: Masonry And Dark Trim Exteriors Will Be Hot In 2020

While ultra modern, glass-and-steel exteriors have reigned supreme over the last decade, masonry and dark trim exteriors are gaining in popularity among many residential developers. According to Elissa Morgante, principal and co-founder of Morgante Wilson Architects, this trend in multi-unit property design aligns with the popularity of the modern industrial aesthetic, which Morgante is also seeing in her firm’s single-family residences, as clients opt for darker framing and traditional design elements.

The exterior of Chicago’s new 66-unit Triangle Square condos offers a prime example of the modern industrial aesthetic, as developers Belgravia Group embraced the neighborhood’s industrial past through their use of brick and black trim on the windows and balconies.

Another example of this trend’s expression in luxury residential design is found in One Bennett Park, designed by world-renowned Robert A.M. Stern Architects. Opened in 2018, the building’s exterior evokes early 20th-century luxury with limestone clad exteriors complemented with dark ornamental metalwork.

The facade of One Bennett Park also references Art Deco-era design with the use of oversized windows, elegantly framed with dark metal trim.

The new 61 Banks Street in Chicago’s Gold Coast features an elegant stone façade contrasted by modern architectural bays with glass framed in dark metal. Designed by Booth Hansen, the classic look of the building highlights elements of art deco and midcentury modern architecture, both of which are popular in the surrounding Gold Coast neighborhood.

As the modern industrial aesthetic offers developers the opportunity to showcase an evocative balance of rustic and refined, modern and classic, and to celebrate the unique character of building locations, this is a trend designed for the future with the past in mind.

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