Good architecture is often overlooked by the general public, and we often don't think about the elements that make it "good." To many, it's just another building. However, good architecture enhances our daily lives in ways that we wouldn't necessarily predict or expect.
Have you ever thought—sat down and really thought—about what makes the best buildings the best? They are ones that enhance productivity and encourage progress.
Let's dive into the ways that good architecture affects the world around us.
The best architecture design is one that won't cost much, but will still continue to drive economic flow.
This goes beyond aesthetic design. If you're designing a building for a business, for example, you'll want to take a few things into account. Where will the building be located? What's the business goal? What kind of traffic will they be getting, and what will help drive that traffic and increase profits? (Even unexpected things, such as the type of traffic and their movement patterns, need to be taken into account. Are people walking? Are they driving?)
You also have to keep safety in mind. This goes beyond government regulations—one of the key elements of good architecture is designing a space that can house all types of clients and employees comfortably and safely.
The most amazing architecture can accomplish this in a small, old space, such as breathing life into a once-downtrodden building and giving it that economic boost it needs.
2. Quality of life.
Are you going to be proud of your space if it's just four walls and a door? Imagine it. No design intricacies, nothing to add interest to it. Your exterior is just four white walls and a door.
Not very appealing, is it?
Architects add art, creativity, and beauty to our daily lives in ways we don't expect. They know the ins and outs of how to design your favorite little alcove or how to give your building the best view.
In fact, studies show that areas with good architecture and design create stronger communities with healthier neighborhoods and businesses.
3. Creating flow.
Designing a building isn't easy. Architects need to ensure a building's "flow" makes sense—that the building is easy to move around in. As this RIBA report shows, good flow makes people's lives more efficient.
For example, well-designed hospitals ensure that patients are treated quickly. Well-designed schools create better learning environments. And workplaces with good architecture experience higher productivity.
4. Good architecture = societal progress
Architecture lets our culture progress in a way that we can't predict or force. This is one of the most exciting aspects of architecture and design. Good architecture progresses with the times and encourages us to adopt healthier, more efficient habits.
Think about it: Without clever new design innovations, we'd be stuck with the same huts and clay houses we lived in centuries ago!
Reflect: What Makes Good Architecture?
It may seem as though the general public doesn't give architects enough credit.
As a designer, consider taking some time out and think about what the buildings around you are trying to accomplish. Do they succeed in those goals? How would your life be different if they didn't?
An architect's job isn't exactly easy. There's a lot to take into account—and a lot of pressure. However, the job isn't thankless. Don't be afraid to reach out and harness the innovative spark and creative spirit that enhances our environments and lives!