Message - Proportion, Scale, and Size

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Posted by  Paul Malo on October 04, 2002 at 07:14:46:

In Reply to:  Re: PROPORTION is a very imp factor of architecture...... its easy to visualise but difficult to put in words..... can anyone explain what exactly is it ! posted by tweety on October 04, 2002 at 04:57:17:

Yes, you are right. We can maintain the proportions of the parts while changing the scale. The appearance remains the same, until related to some measure of size, like the human figure.

Scale and size are not the same thing. A large building can be small scaled, and a small building large scaled (or conversely).
What do we mean by that? If we use monumental elements (large scaled) on a big building, it will appear smaller, whereas if we want to make a small building appear large, we use small-scaled elements.

Of course when we approach the large-scaled building, we will discover that it is really much bigger than supposed, for we discover that familiar elements like doors, instead of being seven feet tall may be fourteen feet tall. So the building that appeared smaller at a distance suddenly becomes something else when we reach it. This can be either dramatic or disconcerting, depending on the intention.

On of my partners, for instance, loathed jumbo bricks (and we used a lot of brick). A brick had to remain conventional brick size, as far as he was concerned, or the whole building was "wrong."

Scale is one of the most subtle, but most critical aspects of design.

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