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The Future of Commercial Architecture: Expert Insights on Multifamily Trends for 2023

*Interview with our Principal of Architecture. A sit down to discuss the multifamily industry and design trends for 2023*

Today, we are excited to share an exclusive interview with Darin Claxton, the Principal of Architecture here at Mitsch Design. Darin has been an architect for more than 3 decades and has extensive experience in designing and overseeing projects in the multifamily development industry, and he is here to give us an inside look into the industry and commercial design trends for 2023.

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As the demand for housing continues to grow, the multifamily development industry has become increasingly important in meeting the needs of our society. With Darin’s expertise, we will gain valuable insights into the latest trends, challenges, and opportunities that are shaping the industry. In addition, Darin will share his perspectives on the most innovative commercial design trends that we can expect to see in the coming year.

So, whether you’re an architect, interior designer, or simply someone who is passionate about commercial development, this interview is a must-read. Join us as we delve into the fascinating world of multifamily development and commercial design trends for 2023.

Darin Claxton

Darin Claxton

How many years in your field?
30 years!

Licensed Architect in 17 states,
American Institute of Architects,
National Council of Architectural Registration Boards.

Best architecture tip you could give a customer?
Trust your design team. Good designers truly have your best interest at heart.

What trends are we seeing this year in Multifamily that we should know about?

The biggest trend we are seeing in the commercial multifamily space is probably the re-emergence of public gathering in amenity spaces (since the COVID-19 Pandemic).

Considering how people interact with a consciousness for personal space boundaries and reduced touching will likely be a permanent thought process in commercial architecture and design going forward.

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Trends in amenity spaces for 2023:

Curated Community Experiences such as:

  • Co-working space
    • Different kinds of setups, styles, breakout rooms, call rooms, zoom rooms, upgraded technology
  • Subdivided and flexible spaces with consolidated amenities
  • Grab-n-go markets
  • Focus not just on fitness, but also overall health
    • Massage rooms, sauna, cold plunge pools
  • Lounges and coffee bars
    • Barista coffee areas, sitting areas
  • Community kitchens
    • Catering areas, party rooms, 
  • Library/reading areas
    • Sitting areas, reading nooks, book checkouts
  • Podcast studio

What inspires you? What is inspiring to you?

From a design perspective, technology in manufacturing has made it very feasible to design without a lot of boundaries.

Prevu 4D can bring these spaces to life:

  • Walk through design concepts
  • See full-color interior and exterior finishes and furnishings
  • Make real time revisions can be made immediately — before build-out.
  • Virtual advantage can be a valuable tool in your pre-marketing efforts -renderings, 3d flythroughs

What is your favorite project to date? Why?

Woods of Fairfax interior and exterior renovation.

It was such a dramatic transformation of a fairly underwhelming and tired facility. The way the exterior upgrades married together to give the interior a real boost in the resident experience made it a total success. It went from a place that residents ‘had’ to visit to deal with leasing issues to spaces in which people will WANT to congregate in.

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As we conclude our enlightening interview with Darin, it’s impossible not to feel inspired by the wealth of innovative ideas and trends he shared that are shaping the world of amenity spaces in 2023. From curated community experiences, such as co-working spaces with various setups and styles, to subdivisions of flexible spaces with consolidated amenities, the future of multifamily developments is truly exciting.

Darin’s vision of putting a spotlight on overall health, incorporating massage rooms, saunas, and cold plunge pools, adds a new dimension to traditional fitness amenities. The emphasis on fostering connections through lounges, coffee bars, community kitchens, and library/reading areas demonstrates his dedication to creating spaces that resonate with the human experience.

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When asked about his inspirations, Darin emphasized the role of technology in commercial development, which has made it possible to design without boundaries. He also introduced us to the groundbreaking Prevu 4D, a tool that brings these innovative spaces to life by allowing clients to walk through design concepts, visualize full-color interior and exterior finishes and furnishings, and make real-time revisions before build-out. This virtual advantage has become an invaluable asset for pre-marketing efforts, offering captivating renderings and 3D flythroughs.

What Inspires You In The World Of Architecture And Design?

Is it the perfect balance between form and function, the creative use of space, or the way innovative designs can transform communities and bring people together? As we’ve learned from trailblazers like Darin, the future of multifamily developments and amenity spaces is filled with exciting possibilities.

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The fusion of technology and design has opened up new horizons for architects and developers, allowing them to push the boundaries and craft spaces that cater to the ever-changing needs and desires of their residents. As we explore this new world, we’re continually inspired by the passion, vision, and creativity that drive industry leaders like Darin to reimagine the way we live, work, and play in shared spaces.

As you embark on your own journey in the realm of commercial architecture, consider the valuable lessons and insights shared by Darin and other pioneers in the field. Embrace the opportunity to create spaces that inspire, connect, and uplift those who experience them.

At Mitsch Design, our team of expert architects, with their wealth of experience and passion for innovative design, is ready to bring your vision to life. Don’t miss the chance to work with our professionals who are just as inspired and committed to creating exceptional spaces as you are.

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Get in touch with us today and let’s shape the future of architecture together. Click the link below and discover the difference that the passion and expertise of Mitsch Design can make.

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