Architecture is truly a creative art form and if you are fortunate enough to have the opportunity to design a building, you are in a position to make something which is not only functional but also expressive of you the designer’s personality. In this article, we’ll explore the fascinating possibilities of architecture and learn about way’s to incorporate some of these ideas into your next build, by talking about a few key aspects of any architectural design.
Form and Function
Any work of architecture, be it a home, office or theatre, comes into being out of an interplay between its’ desired purpose, the environment it is constructed in and the aesthetic ideals of the designer. Modern architectural trends have favoured the functional aspect of design, preferring a minimum of unnecessary ornamentation in favour of clean lines and angular geometry. In contrast, traditional styles of building were thought of as an opportunity for the artisans who constructed them to create functional artworks, made to be pleasing to the eye and purposeful. The most fascinating architecture often combines the two, creating a building which does its’ job, whilst making some sort of aesthetic statement.
Materials, Colours and Textures
This aesthetic can be manipulated in the use of materials, colours and textures in the architecture. Traditional materials such as wood, brick and stone will naturally give your build a traditional feel, whilst glass, steel and concrete have a more synthetic and modern feel. The materials used thus effectively shape the colour palette of the interior and exterior and are integral to the style and tone of the build.
Tradition and Innovation
You may opt for a traditional or contemporary style for your next build or a combination of both; there are many ways to go about designing fascinating architecture. As building techniques have evolved, so have architectural styles and fashions. The flat rooves of some modern architectural examples do not make sense in the context of slate or tiled roofs from traditional building practises but are possible if you have access to waterproof materials. Some traditional building practices may be combined with modern innovations in materials in interesting ways; for example, highly energy-efficient houses may be constructed with wood or straw walls, whilst passive solar energy can be used to heat a space using specialised modern glass, allowing you to have large windows and maximise natural light during daytime. Fascinating architecture often fuses tradition and design innovation, particularly in instances of modern renovations of period buildings.
Architecture is a unique discipline, where you can create functional artworks, used by people for a given purpose and combine design concepts and styles from different times, traditions and fashions. Hopefully, some of these fascinating architectural ideas will help you to bring your next ambitious building project to life.