“DESIGN CONCEPT APPROACHES”

Approaching the concept or evolving the ideas plays a major and prominent role in any field of design. Establishing and Developing a concept into the design is an essential and crucial step in any design project …… but its a skill that few people really takes time to explore and understand. So here i’ll give a lead to come up with a good concepts….

WHY DEVELOPING AND APPROACHING A CONCEPT IS IMPORTANT?

In my last article “STEPS TO START YOUR DESIGN” i have given an outline and the process need to be followed before starting a design.In this part we’ll elaborately discuss the concepts and idea approaches.

Concepts can be anything like from inspired buildings, basic shapes etc but it should have a origin but its sad when designers focuses on a good looking shapes, colors etc not a reason behind it. So it is must to all the designers to have a clear vision and frameworks before stepping into the design.

INSPIRATIONAL:

Approaching a design from the inspired buildings to develop the concept either by following their classical orders of architectural language, shapes, scale, proposition, forms, facades, materials etc.can also be executed by understanding their pros and cons by solving their problems.

For example.,

The TAJ MAHAL (one of the seven wonders of the world) and HUMAYUN TOMB . As we compare both the structures we can see how the architects has evolved in their skills and art with some common similarities. Despite being these inspirations there exists a common differences.

TAJ MAHAL HUMAYUN TOMB
CHETTINAD STYLE HOUSE
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YxZGq4eO_7E

MATERIAL:

A buildings material is what our bodies makes a direct contact ……that protects from cold, heat , etc . Unlike other concepts and ideas materials selection and implementing it throughout the design is also appreciable .So materials are as important as forms follows function…

For example:

Executing a particular material like jalli walls, color, wooden louvers throughout the design can be done especially in the residential design.

Jalli walls and wooden louvers are commonly used element in architecture . A small perforation in a walls has been a versatile to prove in hot and humid climate zones.

JALLI WALLS

WOODEN LOUVERS

SHAPE:

Some concept approaches can start with a shapes as mentioned in the before article.The geometrical shapes like SQUARE , RECTANGLE, CIRCLE, HEXAGON, POLYGON can be transformed into the building or either a particular building or a site can be formed and designed based on these shapes.

For example:

The famous architect “Zaha hadid” who is known as the ” queen of curves” where her design isn’t grouped with single architectural style and her use of geometrical shapes to create dynamic and fluid structures. And it was a purposeful choice .

FUNCTIONALITY:

Some projects have more necessity for the functional elements rather than the aesthetic appearance of the buildings.And they are some buildings who makes function as a high up on top priority list.

For example:l

A factory and a hospital will have a quite particular functional requirements.

Just because we focus on functional element that doesn’t mean we cannot demonstrate creativity and flair.

Though every project and the design should have a creativity , problem solving , innovative but function of the building is our key focus.

CONTEXTUAL:

Contextual architecture is also known as contextualism where approaching the design concept holds the team members to visit the site and the field to observe the surroundings , historic features of the area , the people occupancy.Creating a harmony between the nature and the site is always advisable by understanding the site context and natural feautures.

For example,

An innovative american architect Frank Lloyd wright who became popular and expounder of “organic architecture”where he harmonizes the nature essence throughout his buildings.Throughout his career he emphasized earthy colors , detailing , enriched textured colors…..in his designs.

PHILOSOPHY:

Philosophy of architecture is the philosophy of art dealing and approaching with the aesthetic views of architecture by defining the study of design, site context , foundations, assumptions and by an interest of solving a problems and designing for the future.However following the basic design principles like

INTEROPERABILITY

SUSTAINABILITY,

EXTENSIBILITY…..Whatever your concept may be always have a set of values to the designer by explaining and implementing into the design or could be the reflection of the design.

SOME SET OF VALUES:

Structural vs Unstructural

One problems vs Many solutions.

Complexity vs Simplicity

Objective vs Subjective

Artistic vs Scientific

Present vs Future

Needs vs Wants

Building vs Nature

Creativity vs Conservative

However and whatever your design concept , always follow and create a successful that augments your creativity , relationships with the future and the world and humanity.

“CREATE YOUR FUTURE” and “DESIGN FOR THE FUTURE”

By sruthi_sujendran

An Architect!! "An amateur writer"... "An optimistic personality looking on the bright side of life " &"smile in the face"!!

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