High Design

I am asked all the time “What do I think makes a good design?” I have many answers. Nevertheless, the answer I give the most is; the principle of center stage vs background architecture. Only a few buildings need to be signature center stage. Most buildings are more background position. However, for me, the form does follow the function. The site defines where, what, how the functions shall sit on the site. Spacial relationships are where the efficiencies of space and cost come in. The aesthetics then can be developed in relation to the site and the community. It should all be timeless.

All buildings can still be excellent architecture in function and aesthetics. All design needs to fit into a community and service the people. If you are using the architecture to demonstrate a company ethos then you want exceptional architecture. Exceptional vs uniformity needs to be defined on each project. Is your building going to be a magnificent palace? Is it going to be a public housing type project with a tried and true certainty to it? Do you want to move ahead? Maybe with some research and development ideas incorporated? You need to define your goals to your architect.

Your will governs! With time and space, there are many possibilities. Do you want to be revolutionary? Maybe your individualism is the needed essence of your project. How much risk can you afford working with new systems? This can be in management, production, construction, building materials, and sustainable concepts. This can be true at any size. Maybe the bank will not want to fund a new type enterprise. There is a balance on every project between quantitative and qualitative programing issues. Always keep in mind the cost to design and build. A unique entity is achievable for almost any project. Always communicate your will so we can incorporate your goals into the design package.

Your design parameters might extend beyond your business goals and or the communities. There is a greater good! Good ideas do have an effect on all who experience them. If all that counts are numbers, what is life all about? If all buildings and projects look the same and are built the same, nothing will change and evolution slows down. This can be good for the old hats, but it will lose its’ edge when a new system or design concept reaches fruition. Times are changing faster and faster. You need to stay relevant to prosper. A great architect has a higher likelihood of steering you in the right direction for your individual needs. Put a Design Leader in the wheelhouse of each of your projects.