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What Makes a Good Floor Plan?

A quality floor plan is an important part of a complete set of drawings. It is typically the starting point for any home design or renovation project. For this reason, it’s crucial for it to have a well articulated layout and graphic consistency so it …

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Properties of Form in Architecture

Form is a term used extensively in the field of architecture. It is the physical quality that shapes the structures we see around us. Form, in combination with texture, light, materials, color and shade is what gives a building or space its unique character. The …

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The 4 Primary Elements of Architecture

The buildings we see around us all began as mere conceptual elements before they took form and became habitable structures. Architectural form is derived from 4 basic elements that are further elaborated until they begin to take form and serve as reference points for the …

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Proportion and Scale in Architecture

Proportion and scale are used extensively in architecture to create forms that are both functional and pleasing to the eye. Establishing a balance between the two is what separates great architecture from other types of structures. Designers use scale to create compositions that are appropriate …

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Elements of Circulation in Architecture

Circulation in architecture refers to the way people move throughout a building, and how they interact with the physical space around them. Circulation also occurs prior to entering a building, as people approach a structure. While people by nature ultimately decide which way they chose …

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Spatial Organization in Architecture

Organization of space in architecture is fundamental to the creation of composition. It brings together different forms and shapes and provides a cohesive structure to the design. Spaces in a building can be organized into patterns so that they relate to one another in a …

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Form and Space in Architecture

It is often said that architecture is the combination of space and form. Space encompasses the volume of a structure, the parts of a building we move through and experience. But space can only be created through the use of form. Form is the mass, …

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6 Ordering Principles Used in Architecture

Architecture is generally thought to be a creative field where form is derived by sudden inspiration: the memory of something beautiful seen in the past, an interpretation of something that catches one’s attention in the present, or any other source of inspiration. While architectural design …