Dezeen's Jessica Mairs identified 10 of the most prominent trends that defined residential and commercial architecture in 2016.

In the home, interiors became significantly austere and were fitted with an abundance of cool-toned marble, uniform woodwork, and colored walls. Prefabricated housing also shook off its "makeshift" reputation this year, as many architects and builders illustrated how building techniques can speed up the building process while still producing aesthetically pleasing and long-term housing.

One Uruguayan example by MAPA sits over stone walls in an olive grove, while Japanese design brand Muji began testing its Kengo Kuma-designed prefab house. In England, ShedKM and Urban splash are creating a whole development of modular housing, and in Estonia Kodasema created a tiny cubic living space that allows its owners to up sticks and move on a whim.

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