By- Ar. Hardik Pandit – Director at APICES Studio PVT LTD.
Spaces provide us with more than just shelter and security; they set the stage for our everyday experiences. It is what enables us to feel at ease in a bustling public square, at home on a skyscraper’s rooftop patio, or to maximise productivity in a contemporary office setting. People cluster in and around buildings, adopting the characteristics of their built environment. The hard sciences, the economy, and architecture are all related. A common characteristic of architecture that endures from one era to the next is design, durability, and dynamics.
Buildings and structures have been documented by humans for thousands of years, with new features being added to them over time in response to changing needs. A critical examination reveals architecture to be a product of human ingenuity. It can be recreated into almost any form we can imagine by using the 3D’s of architecture – functional design, ensuring durability and being dynamic. Naming a few buildings that have done this and gone a great way towards reinventing the always-evolving world of architecture are Santiago Calatrava’s Oculus, Jean Nouvel’s Louvre Abu Dhabi, Paris’s Fondation Louis Vuitton, and China’s Shanghai Tower, with its asymmetrical form and tapering profile.
Architecture must contribute to the advancement of society and, ultimately, to our personal and social well-being. Louis Sullivan’s first used term ‘form follows function’ is a million-dollar lesson which is applied by many pioneering architects there by. Regardless of whether a structure is imaginative, victorious, or even a bit boisterous, they all come from architecture’s fundamental purpose: to facilitate and even perform daily life.
People spend a lot of time in public and private business buildings. It is therefore essential that the structure and its surroundings serve the needs and purpose of the habitants, provide comfort and aesthetic appeal, and foster a pleasant atmosphere. A thoughtful design of a structure, especially commercial spaces will enhance the quality of life of the users which will result in high productivity. There will be a great need for new commercial and educational structures to accommodate the growing population. In this way, high-performance design requirements of commercial buildings will aid in accommodating the population without negatively impacting the state of the environment.
Designing is integral to architecture because it is an investment that pays off and improves over time. A purposeful design helps in creating a sustainability approach – which is the need of the hour due to carbon emission challenges and creates branding opportunities for commercial structures that support its personality and identity, clients, and employees. It helps bring a culture to the space that lets it stand out by its smart practices. A conscious design also impacts the mental and physical health of their occupants in a positive way. Open-plan offices, for instance, are gaining popularity since they aid in cooperation and communication. It is possible to reduce the amount of time spent sitting, increase mobility, and improve productivity by setting up variety of workspaces.
The concept of long-lasting construction was fundamental to the architectural profession for centuries. For a structure to serve its purpose for as long as possible, it was obvious that the materials and methods availed would need to be of the highest quality. Any material is considered durable if it can withstand stress from use without deforming or breaking down. Given the variables of weather wear, pressure, or damage, the finest feasible architectural output is the result of meticulous planning and long-lasting composition. An integral aspect of our method is the choice of materials and the method by which they are assembled.
Durability isn’t always obvious; a material may feel tough to the touch, but if it rots or wears away quickly, you can rule it out. The concept of sustainability has climbed to the top of professional, academic, and governmental agendas, reinforcing the importance of a building’s ability to outlast the current needs of its use for the benefit of future generations. When a structure’s life is doubled, the environmental impact is lowered in half. The products and materials utilised in those buildings are no exception. Durable objects and materials will not need to be replaced or repaired as frequently, allowing raw materials, energy, and environmental impacts to be spread out over a longer period.
In many ancient civilizations, buildings were great symbols of their time. Architects in the 1920s used several methods to express the movement, which means using oblique levels, emphasising the horizontal and speed of the rhythm of facades and the dynamic curves, which are still used in architectural projects. Architects are adding motion to structures to support a variety of indoor-outdoor activities. Arenas and other sports and entertainment venues have huge dynamic roofs.
A flexible facade that can adjust to the weather has become the focus. Multimedia and technology have changed architecture’s language and façade by blurring form and function with architecture now turning these dynamics into a reaction to human culture in the digital age. A media mesh or media facade can transform the facade of a building or the entire structure into a stunning dynamic world. It is a seamless integration of LED video lights or mesh screens into the façade of the construction. Specifically, a number of individually programmable lights or LED mesh screen units are affixed to the building’s facades or even woven into the building’s surfaces as structural components. In fact, as seen in Manhattan-New York’s Times Square a good media facade doesn’t just relay facts; it also engages the viewers while also highlighting the unique architectural facets of buildings.
Focusing on design, durability, and dynamics has allowed architects to use designs that lead the internal and external environments to interact. It helps produce architectural output and alter attributes; achieving environmental, formative, technological, and climatic goals; and utilising the fifth dimension, Informatics. Because of this fusion, both the idea of movement and the extent to which it interacts with the environment advanced can be achieved through architectural design.