- While evaluating an architectural plan, the mind of an architect tries to solve land division problems and circulation issues. Projects elevation design especially the commercial ones that are meant to be iconic, than other housing projects, where the function is the key player, may not able to meet the plan, regulated by essential requirements and codes.
Commercial projects are quite dependent on their elevation designs for aesthetic appeal, magnificent look and catchiness. Knowing how designing an architectural elevation can be a handful task, we will give you here some tips on how to choose an interesting elevation and built it in a way that communicates it properly.
First of all, you have to be aware that architectural elevation design is like any other design in general, meaning that the basic rules and principles of design apply. While we may disagree on the word rules in design, but there a set of characteristics that are always found in a successful design, whether they were appreciated consciously or subconsciously.
Architectural Elevation Tips:
1- Your architectural elevation should be harmonious with a degree of unity. Unity makes the different elements and components of the elevation seem to be one, a whole instead of parts. There are different ways to achieve unity.
2- While your architectural elevation needs to have unity it, also, needs variety or it will be boring. On first glance, both concepts might seem to be opposing, but in design, this is what we call variety within unity. So, how does that work?
You can maintain unity in geometry by using, for example, rectangular or circular units throughout the elevation, but vary them in color or size. You can unify the color but vary the shapes or the size of the elements. You can even use the same base unit or element with the same size and apply modifications per each unit, like tilting, twisting, stretching, or folding it.
3- Highlighting/ prominence is important in the elevation design to lead the eye of the viewer to the entrance, for example, or other important parts, and there are many ways to achieve it.
Highlighting, by contrast, is one way. This contrast can be created by color or shape and texture. There is also emphasis by isolation. Isolating one element from the successive pattern of the rest make it a focal point in a way. Also, placing something at the center by default makes it a focal point. That is why since the ancient times, entrances have been most of the time placed at the center. Huge elements and parts also attract the eye and are regarded as a focal point. Moreover, a unique element on a plain ordinary background would do the same job.
4- Proportions are very important in architecture, and obvious in elevation design. They can make or break a design.
5- Maintaining balance is another essential factor that should be present in the design. The most obvious way to achieve balance is by symmetry. It’s been widely done since the ancient times. However, symmetry is not the popular thing now. Contemporary architects believe in the more indirect methods.
8. Colors’ choice is one of the most challenging tasks comes under materials in architectural elevation. You have to put in mind all the earlier points and sketch a vision for the elevation, where the solid and empty space will be? Will the solid be irregular? The transparent be transparent or just translucent. Do you need shine or muted surfaces? Then, interpret all of this into material options that are available for you to accomplish that design.
9. Starting with by creating a mood board for your architectural elevation is a good point. That will be very helpful with the choice of materials, colors, and architectural style. It will assist design process in general as it will give you a visual sense of what you would like to achieve.
Keep in mind that there are no set rules for aesthetics. We might have sum up some of the important points that are visually pleasing, but you can add all of that up and get nothing pleasant. Aesthetic pleasure is much more than that. It has to do with perspective, nature of business, and culture. Besides the physical factor, there is the psychological factor and you will get that with practice, time, and, perhaps by chance.