Style highlights:
- exposing structures and installations,
- materials such as steel, chrome, glass, collared plastic,
- hydraulic pipes, electrical cables and other installation were decorations,
- toned down colours of interiors,
- using colour lights to give more warmth and character of the interior.

high tech

High-tech style is a faction of postmodernism, which began to develop in the 80s of the twentieth century. The rapid development of technology, telecommunications caused that designers started exposing the structures and installations in architecture, interiors. Modern materials such as steel, concrete, glass, plastics were being used in the projects. It was typical that objects and installations such as: steel pipes, fittings, wires, cables, elevators were displaying rather than hidden.

High-tech architects aspired to integrate the technical equipment with architecture and structure of the building, which was supposed to make those systems visible. Besides, it was supposed to strengthen visual and functional aspect of architecture. Technology became dominating aspect of every building and interior in high-tech style. Features of high-tech architecture were diversified, but all of them were containing an exhibiting technical elements. Glass walls and steel structures were extremely popular. Open spaces were dominating in the interiors, as well as drive to keep the optimal order and functionality.

Simplicity and elegance of the use of industrial components were characteristics of this style. Prefabricated elements such as phials, laboratory test tubes were a decorative element e.g. vases for flowers. As far as the furniture, they had simple, geometrical shapes. Interior designers started using window shades which were the sort of modern ornament. Colouring of high-tech interior was rather cool and toned down, which emphasized blue, purple, often fluorescent, technical light. The light was an important element of this style. In contrast to industrial interiors, also soft fabrics can be found.

Representatives:

Norman Foster, Nicholas Grimshaw, Michael Hopkins, Renzo Piano, Richard Rogers, Dieter Rams, James Dyson, Joseph Paul D`Urso, Ward Bennett.



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