Within the heart of basic design

Application of basic design in the architectural design has remained a point of debate. Should the forms that are basically invented for purpose of mere visual aesthetics be borrowed for architectural design? Is this process not accidental? The Answer is certainly yes. You cannot directly adopt these basic design sculptures as final architectural design solutions. But certainly we all are convinced that merely sketching and drawing three-dimensional views on paper is definitely inadequate to explore all possible shapes and forms. These basic design sculptures undoubtedly add to the "process of lateral thinking". Basic design acts as an aid to the process of creation of more and more alternatives before the final form is concluded. Designing is the process of reaching a "compromise" in the most respectable manner. An Architect has to constantly negotiate between the " sculptural" demands of the mind and the limitation of " usability" of sculpture form. The limitation of resources like time, money, and construction methodology become points of argument to justify functionality over aesthetics. However visual mediocrity cannot be pardoned on the basis of mere functionality. Functional objects need not be visually mediocre.

Actual Exercise

Paper sculptures are to be reconstructed with thicker materials. The size and shape of this sculpture can be modified to make it look like an architectural form. Openings can relate to Windows. The best angle of vision conforms to the entrance. Levels can be introduced internally and externally in agreement with the sculpture and sharp radiating edges. Application of Colour textures will make the sculpture look "visually appealing". One may think of giving linear graphical surfaces to the sculpture.

Retrospective Analysis

One should never forget while converting the sculptures to architecture, that this modified architectural looking form cannot be directly adopted as an architectural solution. Until and unless one judiciously decides upon the method of construction, cost of materials, usability of the entire space, it cannot be adopted. Students can draw plans, elevations, and sections of the same model. Photographic exploration may also be of interest.

Design Application



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