Category: Traditional Architecture

Have It Your Way — What Makes Architecture Successful

The architect’s job isn’t to use the client as a way to accomplish their very own creations, but to design a party of their client’s life by meeting all the essential program requirements with creativity and imagination. A sheet of architecture may look great in a magazine, but if it does not satisfy the client’s requirements in a beautiful and practical way, it’s failed.

How does one create architecture that is successful? The answer lies in its very purpose.

DWYER DESIGN

First, by means of background, I participated in a ideabook discussion centered around some odd elements of a project I had recently completed. The layout was provocative and elicited many comments, some sort and some not.

As far as I love a compliment, I was most absorbed by the remarks that began, “If this were my house, I’d have … ” Or, “If it had been me, I would have done … ” This discovered a common stereotype of an architect’s work: that we are arrogant egomaniacs who bully customers into building our very own visions. I will agree that those architects do indeed exist (that sentence might have just cost me some future American Institute of Architects membership), and I often have to fight this back stereotype early in my client relationships.

But rather than talking stereotypes, let us talk about what structure should be. My answer to these remarks? Obviously. Obviously it could be different. Obviously it might reflect you.

When I had been a musician, and individual A from a small town in Michigan hired me to write a piece of music which has been a party of her life, that piece of music could be significantly different than a piece of music composed to celebrate the life of individual B, who lives in Los Angeles. That is the way it should be, and structure is only frozen music ( or so said Johann Wolfgang von Goethe).

Bruce Wright

Too frequently a work of design is judged unfairly since it is supposed to be the product of a ego-driven architect bullying a client into building the architect’s vision. But the very best design is in reality a product of a client eager to talk about her or his eccentricities and an architect who’s willing to integrate those eccentricities into a unique and imaginative structure.

Spry Architecture

As I said in my remarks, if this were your house, possibly the fireplace shown here could be wrapped in steel. If the house belonged to Colonel Sanders, the fireplace could be wrapped in chicken feathers.

Russell

That’s the best thing about design: individualization. A detail which arouses a personal thought or feeling for the homeowner.

Spry Architecture

This floor plan is for a client who dislikes right angles. In her words: “If my house has one right angle, I will be very unhappy.”

What a professional architect misses by not picking up on a client’s small eccentricities is an opportunity for individualization that is likely to produce the structure special and bring it to life.

SeARCH Architecture and Urban Planning

Architecture isn’t about perfect universal solutions. Those do not exist. It is about solutions appropriate to the context of the project. The context is the client’s requirements, site conditions, climate, budget and so on.

Kuhl Design Build LLC

I really like this example of individualization, since it resembles a kid in a giant washing machine. Architecture is always best viewed through the eyes of a youngster’s imagination.

Spry Architecture

I really like the giraffe head in this house since it provides a whimsy to the space that reflects the client’s comedy. It is amusing, and modern structure frequently takes itself too seriously.

And I really like the stone fireplace in the third picture from the top since the stone is personal to the homeowner, a piece of the past. The stone makes that house her house.

That is architecture.

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Rivet

The rivet is a metal fastener used to attach a substance such as timber, sheet metal, leather or plastic into some other substance. It’s an industrial look and the capacity to connect materials having a shear-force strength. Other metallic fasteners include screws, keys, pins, rings, nuts and clips.

Heather Merenda

For blending materials such as wood and steel, adhesive or screws can perform the job, but using rivets the old-school way is gaining popularity. The heated metal gets soft and is squashed to shape the head, and the layers it combines are tightly squeezed together when the metal cools and shrinks.

STRATAap Architecture

This garage door resembles the riveted boards of an airplane or a massive tanker, in which the layers of metal wouldn’t be pulled apart (pressure force) but need to withstand water or wind movement (shear force).

Jamie Laubhan-Oliver

Rivets can be secured with warmth and a hammer, or using a rivet gun, which smashes the trap without heat. Both methods create a button that is bigger than the hole it passes through, making a lasting connection.

Georgetown Development

Welding gained fame over riveting from the 1920s and’30s. Riveting demanded several workers to take on the functions of heating, tossing, catching, putting and hammering the rivets into place. Welding was a quieter process and demanded less teamwork.

GM Construction, Inc..

The placement of rivets is quantified and spaced evenly, allowing for curved and bowed surfaces such as airplanes, boats and this custom-made kitchen hood.

Beinfield Architecture PC

Rivets can have a pan head, a snap head or a mushroom head, or be countersunk, which means that the top of the rivet is flush with the surface it links. These rivets extrude, or extend outside the sheet metal.

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