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When planning an architectural project as a client, you may end up sidetracked dealing with a large number of engineering details. Consequently, it's important to focus on bringing a sense of place and style to a project. Here is how people in the architectural services world accomplish that.
Identify a Preferred Architectural Style
You will have a hard time nailing down other aesthetic components if you can't state what your preferred style is. Look at buildings you like. If that doesn't quite get you to an answer, then look at buildings you hate.
Take pictures, print images from the web, and clip items from magazines and books. Organize a binder that details what you like and hate. If you see some commonalities, ask an architect to get you up to speed on what those styles are. This will accelerate the process of identifying an appropriate style for the planned building.
Think About Functionality
Every place serves some purpose. Ideally, when you erect a building, the style and purpose of the building will work in harmony. If you're creating a collaborative space, for example, then you'll likely want to create open indoor areas where groups can gather, communicate, and work.
Oftentimes, the function of a building will guide you to stylistic conclusions. If you're creating a building that includes a large parking garage, for example, the structure will require significant internal support. You could expose the supports to create an industrial look and integrate the functional elements with the visual ones.
Explore the Surrounding Area
A building should also have a degree of harmony with its surrounding. It doesn't have to melt into the background by any measure. However, it should make visual sense in the context of what's around it.
If you throw a hyper modernist house in the middle of a bunch of brownstones, for example, you'll have to be very creative to make it work. You might need to use very similar colors to the ones on the surrounding structures to visually deconflict the starker lines of the new building.
Develop Focal Points
Memorable buildings usually have key features that distinguish them from others. Likewise, the lines of these buildings often converge at a point. This works especially well indoors because you can use hallways, ceilings, walls, and open spaces to point toward distinct features.
It is also possible to create a focal point outdoors by using shapes. The lines of a home can point toward a strong gable, for example.