A website is an important aspect of any business today, but in certain industries, the visual appeal of a website is especially critical. Professionals and companies in fields that involve design or creativity are judged by the quality of their branding and marketing materials, including a website.
The website of an interior designer or architecture firm should feature an attractive design that makes a positive impression on visitors. If the website in uninspiring, the visitor is likely to assume that the designer or architect’s work will be equally disappointing.
Since a quality website can help you to generate more leads and land more clients, it’s imperative that your website appeals to visitors.
In this article, you’ll find some options for creating your own architecture website, as well as a showcase of beautiful real-world examples for inspiration.
Creating an Architecture Website
Today, there are many options for creating a website. You can hire an agency or a freelancer designer/developer for a completely custom approach. But you can also create an effective, professional website with the help of a DIY website builder and a template.
We recommend Squarespace for architecture websites because they offer a large collection of beautiful templates, so you can create a professional website very easily at a fraction of the price of a custom website design.
Squarespace is a powerful platform that offers all the features you’ll need for your site. It’s also easy to use, even if you have no technical experience. And on top of that, Squarespace is very affordable for businesses of any size.
Below, we’ll showcase three of our favorite Squarespace templates for architecture websites, but there are hundreds of other templates you could use as well. If you browse the categories of Art & Design Templates and Professional Services Templates, you’ll find plenty of options that could easily be used for an architecture website.
The Utica template features a clean and minimalist design style that works great for architecture websites. This website design style keeps the photos of your work as the center of focus, while also providing a pleasant user experience.
Bergen is another beautiful minimalistic template. It comes with page templates you can use for each interior design or architectural project to show off your work and explain the details of the project. The “contact us” button in the header is perfect for encouraging visitors to get in touch.
The Gates template is ideal for showing off your architecture portfolio. It’s a very image-heavy template, but you can also add pages and text as needed.
Showcase of Architecture Websites
Now, here’s some inspiration for any architect or designer. By looking at excellent examples from the industry, you can get ideas that could be put to use with your own site.
The portfolio website of WGP Architects features a full-screen background image that rotates between a few different photos. The home page is mostly visual, but there are links in the header navigation and footer that lead to plenty of info about the company and their projects.
This international firm also uses a homepage that is primarily visual with very little text. A hamburger icon in the top-right opens up a menu with links to the other important pages on the site.
The website of Mollar Archiects is unusual among those showcased here. There are no photos or videos on the homepage. The black and white website design uses typography for a minimalist approach. Of course, there are photos of their work and relevant details on the pages that can be accessed from the navigation menu in the site’s header.
Here’s another site that features a full-screen background image (big background images is a trend we’ll continue to see throughout this showcase). If you click on the “menu” link in the header it opens a vertical navigation menu on the left side of the screen. The secondary pages on the site include heavy use of photos, but there’s also plenty of text to provide potential clients with needed information.
This Canadian firm has a beautiful website that includes excellent photos as well as plenty of details and information. Of course, you can read about some example architecture projects they’ve completed, but you can also find photos and bios of every team member.
SJB’s website has a very clean layout with heavy use of photos. The simple website design allows to photos to stand out and be the center of attention. The “Perspectives” section of the site is interesting and it functions like a blog with articles that include plenty of images.
Spivak Architects also uses a full-screen background photo to make an immediate impact on visitors. Information about the company and its services can be found be scrolling down the page. The header navigation also links to pages with details about past projects and company info.
This site includes many colorful, attention-grabbing photos. By scrolling down the homepage, you’ll see photos from a selected sample of Patchwork’s projects. If you click on an image, you’ll see a page with more details of that project, plus additional photos.
This firm’s website is quite extensive. In addition to the typical details you would expect to find like general company info and example projects, Handel’s site also includes a dedicated page for each of their listed areas of expertise. For example, there is a Residential Design page with details of relevant services and demonstration of the company’s expertise. The portfolio section is also very extensive with projects organized by type.
The website of Conran and Partners uses a unique approach the splits the homepage in two. The company offers architecture as well as interior design services, so it makes sense to clearly divide the site. This approach makes it easy for visitors to instantly see what the company offers, and to find the information they’re interested in.
The website of Wade Design Architects features a series of beautiful full-page background photos. The words “Come Home” are the only text on the page. The “menu” link in the header opens up links to projects and the company story. The project pages also use beautiful photography that adds to the professional appearance of the site.
The Australian firm Bark uses a simple homepage that includes contact information and a photo, in addition to a small amount of text. Possibly the most unique aspect of the website design is that the user needs to click on an animated arrow to open up the rest of the site or access the navigation menu. Secondary pages are beautifully designed with a clean layout and excellent use of high-quality photos.
This site’s homepage uses a full-screen background image. New images slide in from right to left every few seconds. The navigation menu can be opened at the bottom of the screen, which is somewhat unusual.
The project pages, or portfolio, are very image-heavy. Each project features a series of big, beautiful photos that the visitor can scroll through. But only a small amount of text-based info is provided for each project.
Singapore-based designer and architect Yee Foo uses a very minimalistic web design and layout. The clean layout allows the high-quality photos to really stand out.
Here is a unique design and layout that features sample projects immediately on the home page. Visitors can scroll through a series of projects to quickly get a feel for the Novo’s caliber of work. The company logo is in the lower right-hand corner, and the navigation menu is accessible from the hamburger icon on the right side of the header.
Make uses a full-screen video background for its homepage. You can scroll down the homepage for an introduction to the company with several large and colorful photos. All of the content on the site can be accessed through a simple, straightforward navigation menu.
MOAA’s website follows the trend of using a full-screen background image, but they add a unique twist by selecting a greyscale image. The yellow text in the design pops and easily stands out on the gray background.
UK-based Michael Langley Architecture uses a clean layout on a white background for its architecture portfolio website. When you click the menu icon in the header, a full-page menu with an orange background slides in from the left.
The design and layout of Jensen’s website is all about the photos. The other elements in the web design, including the text-based logo, are very simple, allowing the photos to take center stage. The homepage showcases a large collection of projects from the portfolio.
This Denver-based firm uses large, colorful photos throughout the site. If you scroll down the homepage, you’ll find a collection of photos that lead to more details from selected projects.
The Hastings homepage is very image-heavy. When you scroll down, you’ll see images that link to recent articles and images that lead to descriptions of projects from the portfolio. The site is essentially split in two sections: Practice and Portfolio.
Rodeo Architecture’s site features some interesting animation effects when you roll you mouse over the page. Scroll down the page and you’ll find a series of large images from some of their projects, as well as an introduction to their team.
This is one of the more unique sites on the list. It features scrolling text (“Vita Architecture”) and a colorful glowing animation. As you move down the homepage, you’ll notice some scrolling animation effects on the text and images.
Threefold uses a simple, minimalist design and layout. The navigation menu includes three links: projects, journal, and profile. The homepage provides an introduction to the company and some of its noteworthy projects.
Here is another example of an architecture website with a minimalist approach. The web design uses a light gray background, which is subtly different than many minimalist designs that use a white background.
Player Roberts Ball uses horizontally scrolling images on the homepage to show their work samples. Each image links to a case study with detailed information about the project, so there’s a sizeable amount of content on this site.
Architecture and interior design firms need a website that presents a strong impression to visitors. Since this is a highly visual industries, the look and feel of the website will influence the visitor’s opinion of the company and its capabilities. If you’re building a site of your own, hopefully, this showcase of architecture websites has been helpful for providing some inspiration.
We highly recommend Squarespace for creating your own site because it’s easy to get a clean, professional website that allows your work to be the center of attention.