Saturday, 9 February 2019

THE IMPORTANCE OF DETAIL IN DESIGN

    When people look at buildings what do you think catches their eye or makes them remember that building?
And the thing is that people who aren't in architecture don't usually remember buildings or think of them as being memorable, but if there is a small detail that really stands out or just makes the building look different and new then most likely that person will remember it. And that is what architects and designers strive for, just that opportunity for people to look at the building the way they thought about it.

People usually remember the small details of buildings because that's how people can tell that the designer really put thought and time into it and made it into their work. So if the heart is in the details then that is where people need to start putting more focus, and I feel like that has been lost a bit in modern architecture. 

When a person first walks up to a building the first thing they see is the general exterior and the entrance so it is a good idea to make sure you make these into memorable and thought out places. 

Example: In this concept drawing you can see that for the entrance the designer made sure that it looked different and modern while also putting that sub conscience thought of the direction traffic should go. Making it a very thought out design that will actually serve a purpose. 
   
Materials can do a lot more then make a place look nice, when you use a specific material like wood or concrete it sets an overall tone for the building or space, but if you detail it in a specific way you can change that tone to what you want people to feel. Such as if you are designing a house in the country and want it to feel homely and quiet you would probably use wood, but if you want to think about it in a deeper way you have to first think about where you want the wood to show and what type of wood you want. To think about it in a deeper manner you have to think about what kind of materials work best with wood and where to place it. When thinking about placing materials you cant just have it everywhere and go crazy you have to think where it best fits and where it will work best with the settings of that area. 
You can see in this example that this is a good use of wood, you can see that they use the wood to accent the walls and stairs while its also not overpowering the room. Also the material and colour really works with the other materials in that room, making a very complimentary set of colours.

Now you can also see that in this example they did not really think about the details and they went a bit crazy. While the wood does look nice they decided to use it to much and now it looks very bland and boring. They should have thought about other materials that would have made a nice contrast to elevate the wood and make it standout. 


That's all the thoughts I can fit into this post about the benefits of details and ways to think about the small things that people may over look. But can greatly benefit the design and the idea of the building. 

Saturday, 2 February 2019

5 Ways To Find Ideas For Architectural Designs

  1.    PICK UP A PENCIL AND START DRAWING: 
One of the most creative ways to get those initial ideas for your project is to just get a sketch pad and a pencil, start by thinking about what you want your project to have and draw each idea as a concept. Eventually when you have many ideas and concepts, it will give you more of an idea of what your building will look like and you can take the best ideas and designs to create the most efficient thought-out design. This is a process that has worked many times for me when I'm coming up with my initial design.  

  2.   TAKE YOUR THOUGHTS AND MAKE A WORD WEB:                                                                    
When you need to start thinking about your design you need to start with the question what will this building need? Ex. (Lobby, Restaurant, Kitchen, Living space, Ect.) Then when you know what your building will need you will be one step ahead when designing the layout, and it can also give you some cool ideas for the general design. 

  3.   GO FOR A WALK:                                                                                                                                    
There's nothing better for inspiration and ideas then a walk outside, when you go outside and clear your mind you can think about things in a different way. You can just focus on the design and layout of the city around you, but you don’t just have to focus on the existing architecture around you also try to focus on the nature around you. One of  the best ways to come up with natural modern designs is to look at nature and think about a way to turn that into a great piece of architecture. 

  4.   WATCH SOME DOCUMENTARIES ABOUT YOUR FAVOURITE ARCHITECT:                            
When you're watching a good documentary on architecture it lets you inside the mind of that architect and about their process for design. Hearing about other people's processes can always help improve your process and the way you think about how to go about it. I will link some of my favorite documentaries below. 

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dh96J9iXGyk          -Bjarke Ingles – Different angles  
    https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0446784/                          -Sketches of Frank Gehry  
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VK0mGdMKMW4 -Bjarke Ingles – Big Time 
    Check out "The art of design" on Netflix

5.   GO DOWN A NEVER-ENDING TUNNEL OF GOOGLE SEARCHES:                                                                    
One of the best ways to find Ideas but also waste about 4 hrs, is to start googling different things and keep clicking different suggestions until you have found an entire collection of great ideas. There are also many sites to help with this, go on Pinterest and make a page of cool ideas you’ve found, or go on google images and save all the good ideas to a folder for future references. As I said this can be a dark tunnel of time waste but you can also get some really cool ideas for your project.  



  


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