Just how important is architectural design when it comes to modern residential homes?
Do they provide any real value to your home? Or are they nothing more than mere artistic taste in terms of building design and style?
When you look at residential structures, what comes to mind? More than that, have you ever given any real thought as to what makes the best residential structures? It does not bear saying, but good architecture is often not given much thought by the general public. In essence, we do not think about the surrounding elements that make a particular structure good. More often than not, we dismiss it as just another structure or building.
As individuals with no particular expertise in architecture and engineering, we view architectural designs as nothing more than a cosmetic aspect of residential homes. To us, prospective buyers and homeowners alike, style and design are two aspects in residential buildings that serve no other purpose other than being ornamental–something nice and easy to look at, if you may. Indeed, when it comes to residential structures, we often dismiss architectural design as nothing more than aesthetics in favor of functionality. Unfortunately, this is an oversight that needs to be addressed and corrected as architectural design’s very nature goes beyond just the residential structure’s outward facade. Beautiful and themed structural residential designs aside, architectural design has more to do with the overall components of a residential structure–so much more than the outer and inner impression it gives. However, with all this talk of architectural designs, it may be useful to know its real definition.
ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN DEFINED
Simply put, architectural design is a concept that focuses on ALL the components or elements of a structure. It goes beyond aesthetics and has something to do with working with space and elements to create a coherent and functional structure. So, how does it affect us, you might ask? Well, good architecture enriches and enhances our daily lives in ways that we could not possibly foresee or expect. To be concrete, the best residential structures are the ones that improve our productivity and may even boost profits. In other words, good architecture enhances the space–aesthetically and otherwise. It is an integral process involved in building residential structures wherever you might choose to situate your property–whether that may be in a lot for sale in Tagaytay or pre-made residential houses elsewhere. However, the best architectural designs are often the residential structures that manifest the successful marriage of aesthetics and functionality.
Such is the case of Tagaytay Highlands’s newest residential project, Provence. Set against one of the most beautiful natural residential backdrops in the Philippines, the residential project is a mountain development in Tagaytay Midlands situated in a premier location just along the picturesque Fairways drive. As with any Tagaytay Highlands project, this residential neighborhood features an architectural theme in a residential neighborhood of 119 lots. With its name coming from a historical region and former province of southeast France, it should come as no wonder that Provence is a master-planned hilltop residence that drew inspiration from French homes. The overall residential architectural design is based on Old French Design. The themed neighborhood complements the natural and majestic views of Taal Lake and Volcano as well as the surrounding mountains, including Mt. Makiling. Provence is one of the Philippines’ residential properties that exemplifies an exceptional execution of architectural design wherein there is harmony between design aesthetics and functionality.
THE IMPORTANCE OF ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN
Our homes heavily influence our daily lives and routines. It may even be argued that where we live contributes to shaping who we are as an individual.
Keep in mind that we spend a significant chunk of our time in our homes insomuch that it affects us–whether we know it or not. In a sense, where we go home at the end of the day and wake up each morning influences our lives. We exist inside of our homes. It should come as no surprise that our mental health is influenced by the walls we spend our time within. A few of the things that may hamper productivity and bring residents down are poor ventilation, a lack of natural light, frustrating functionality, among others. Residential structures with ample light and ventilation complemented by optimal utilization of its space, on the other hand, can easily uplift the spirits and boost the energy of its inhabitants. With that said, a well-designed structure should be a good and safe place that provides for sensory stimulation.
QUALITIES OF A GOOD ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN
Given what is said above, it is therefore imperative to choose a home that does not only meet your family’s needs but one that embraces precepts in good architectural design as well. After all, a home that is haphazardly built and designed would not bode well for you and your family’s daily life. With that said, it is important to acquaint yourself with the qualities that embody good residential architectural design.
Listed below are just some of the qualities of a good architectural design:
1.) Sustainability in Design
Sustainability is often a word thrown around these days, with most people not fully aware of its meaning. There may even be some who will show a token effort of going green or two in an attempt to regulate their carbon footprint on earth, but with no real commitment to the endeavor. However, that aside, sustainability in design is more important than ever–especially in these modern times. Unfortunately, sustainability is often viewed and dismissed as merely an optimistic notion seeing as it is easy to envisage but difficult to engender. However, good architectural design achieves sustainable design and does its part to mitigate its negative impact on the ecosystem. It is no question that the buildings being designed and created today require more energy than ever–most of which would have a GREATER negative impact on the ecosystem than our automakers. With that said, a good architectural design embraces sustainability and creates buildings with the consideration of lessening carbon footprint.
This one should go without saying, but functionality is a quality in a good architectural design that should be a priority. In essence, this should be the simplest and most straightforward attribute of good design. Unfortunately, functionality is often the hardest to achieve. One thing most residential developers often miss is that functionality trumps aesthetics and style. After all, what use is a beautiful home when it does not serve the needs of its inhabitants? With that said, good architectural designs should be about practical use. They should conform to its purpose, from its foundation down to the finishing touches. All of these should be done not only to suit the use of the building but also to enhance the residents who utilize it.
Good architectural design is moot if it is only available to a select few. A good architectural design should be one that ensures the place is made comfortable and accessible to everyone–including people with disabilities. A good project developer should then look beyond the obvious and create useful structures that ensure satisfaction beyond regular minimum standards. Good architectural design, therefore, is inclusive and available to everyone.
4.) Design that makes sense
Unless the client does not specifically know what they want, architects tend to translate whatever the client desires in paper and design. However, it is creating a design that is unique and functional is paramount. When it comes to good architectural designs, it is imperative to have the right input from an architect to create a comprehensive plan and ensure that the design’s outcome is good. Good architectural designs are not only aesthetically and visually pleasing, but functional as well insomuch that it enables good results.
4.) Ergonomically pleasing design
Beauty is often subjective with varying parameters depending on the particular individual. Ergonomics, however, is something that has a concrete definition. In essence, good architectural design is manifested when the building constructed is, keeping in mind and spirit, the number of people occupying the same. Unfortunately, the idea is often lost in the array of 3D computer modeling technologies most architects use these days. Having said that, it is important to stop and take stock. Be sure to put the person in the model–even if they are digital.
5.) Enduring Design
When it comes to residential design, aesthetics, and structural longevity go hand in hand. While innovation is also a paramount requisite, the overall design and finished product should not look outdated but relevant to the times. Longevity is just as important as you want to have a residential property that lasts and possibly outlives you. A good architectural design not only focuses on aesthetics but structural strength and longevity as well.
6.) Socially Beneficial
Regardless of the structure, whether it may be residential or not, it should always be seen as a public building and architecture insomuch that it benefits everyone socially. A good architectural design takes considerations beyond just the building’s design alone and would take into account what suits the surrounding city and environment best. It may then be said that good architectural design is a way of giving back to society. As a result, aesthetically and visually beautiful residential constructions are paramount.
7.) A design that resonates with emotions
Good architectural designs make lasting impressions. These are lasting designs that tick and are essentially timeless. One that holds true to this quality’s spirit is the Pantheon in Rome–a classic that is so rarely forgotten by people who have seen it for themselves. It is the beauty and lush grandeur of the design that makes it so memorable. Moreover, it resonates with people’s emotions. Unfortunately, compared with the main parts of developed suburban areas, The Pantheon wins without contest. Indeed, most residential developments are a far cry from what is expected aesthetically. While it is unrealistic to assume and expect that building structures should resemble The Pantheon, a good architectural design ensures that structures, whether residential or not, are made in the same spirit.
Of course, affordability is subjective. Moreover, it depends on the quality of the materials used and the skill required to produce such a building. Be that as it may, however, a good architectural design is one that carefully utilizes resources and does so optimally to create residential structures that are beyond ordinary and exceed expectations.
Home is where one starts from. It is imperative that your dwelling space be cozy and comfortable. Apart from that, it should be designed in a way that helps you and your family live happily and comfortably. An ideal home utilizes good architectural design and meets the individual requirements of its inhabitants. After all, good architectural designs make for great and comfortable homes.