Posted by Donald on January 19, 2004 at 14:21:14:
In Reply to: Stripping homes posted by Justin Hui on January 17, 2004 at 11:22:28:
Its not necessarily "un-homely", as you phrase it. In architecture, buildings are designed not only as aesthetic sculptures, but as functional structures that serve their inhabitants. The key is to combine the two in such a way as to provide for both the pragmatic and inspirational needs of the users. The debate and discussion in this process reflects mutual respect and most importantly a desire by all parties to find agreement. This is really the approach that is built upon a win-win foundation.
Take the possible design of this glass house. The client is not one person, but the entire family. Each person has their preferences that are different from others. The different preferences, by human nature, inflate or deflate certain aspects of the house in the eye of the individual. Those who like to cook want large kitchens, and people who throw large social events want a big living room with big windows, and so on. The architect has to bring balance to the process and provide each living area its proper due while keeping the entire project under budget, on schedule, and up to the aesthetic standards set by the architect and client together.
I would have to disagree though about your statement that "most of the facades today in residential homes are (or becoming)mainly glass dominated"...as I see it, its just the reverse.
Hey, how about your trip to Taiwan? Did you get to the tallest building in the world?
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