High Tech

Architectural Style Guide

High Tech architecture celebrates and accentuates a building’s construction. It is characterised by lightweight materials, steel and glass, transparent walls, exposed beams and cables and service areas, often picked out in bright colours. Interiors are flexible and spacious.

What to look for in a High Tech building:

  • Steel and Glass
  • Flexible Interiors
  • Expressed Construction
  • Bright Colours
  • Lightweight Materials

Explore these galleries from the RIBA Collections illustrating the main features of High Tech to discover more images, drawings and photographs highlighting further examples of High Tech buildings and their distinctive style.

Additionally, for more images of High Tech architecture, also see High Tech Architecture

All of the images are available to download, purchase or license.

Features of High Tech Architecture

Sainsbury Centre for the Visual Arts

Lightweight Construction