There are good sources of inspiration for architects and builders on the Internet. In recent years, numerous websites have been created that deal with current trends in the areas of building and living, design and technology. Many planners and architects use these pages regularly. These pages are also interesting as inspiration for prospective builders. Therefore we would like to introduce you to six selected websites.
The English website is probably the best-known of the international architecture portals. The site, which aims to provide inspiration, knowledge and tools for architects, is always up to date and well maintained. The content is varied – from articles on current specialist discourses and news from the architectural scene to projects, events, interviews and competitions to architectural city guides: On ArchDaily you can find something on all topics. The “Houses” section in the “Residential Architecture” category is of particular interest to private builders. The projects presented here are rather experimental, but can definitely act as a source of ideas.
The German classic among architecture websites delivers new reports every working day. This daily news feed is very interesting for people who have a broad interest in architecture, but if you are looking for specific projects or content, you have to use the search function (top right). So by visiting this site you should already have a general idea of what you are looking for. On the Baunetz Knowledge page, which is also part of BauNetz Media GmbH, you will also find countless explanations and definitions of terms for all conceivable aspects of planning, building and living.
You will also find numerous articles and contributions on various topics on this website. Under the heading “Topics” you will find, among other things, articles on buildings, interiors, construction or sustainability. Under “Research” you can find out about current specialist discourses in various fields such as energy & resources, society & urban affairs or production & processes. In order to be able to access the comprehensive and well-prepared project archive, however, you have to invest €210 for annual access to the DETAIL inspiration site.
The architecture and construction portal for Germany, Austria and Switzerland also has an extensive pool of projects in different building categories. In the “One and Two-Family Houses” section you will find extravagant new buildings, examples of successful conversion projects and classic residential buildings in different styles and price categories. The collection of companies and planners is also very helpful, divided into categories such as engineers/specialist planners, construction companies/craftsmen or manufacturers/suppliers.
Although the site is more product-centric, it’s a good place to find out about design trends or material innovations. In the Architecture section, under “ Categories” you can choose between various products from windows and doors to facades and floor coverings through to ventilation and heating technology and find out about new products. In addition to an online database for architecture and design culture, Stylepark AG has also made a name for itself as an organizer of trade fairs and product presentations and as a publisher of magazines and books.
The Italian architecture platform offers a comprehensive database of architects and designers, architectural photographers and of course selected projects. An alphabetical list of relevant keywords appears under “Atlas of Architecture” (in the menu at the top right). Architects and planners as well as private builders will find inspiration and suggestions for their projects in the “houses” section.
Architecture portals and design websites can provide inspiration. It is always good to get a free overview of the numerous structural elements and possibilities in advance.