The art of building

Architecture is the art of building. That is something most everyone would agree on. Yet architecture is much more than that it is also how you experience a space, for example. Architecture is the shaping, the moulding, the crafting of space.

If you have at least two walls, you have a space. The task of the architect is to give this space a form that one feels good in. Factors which play a distinct and critical role herein include acoustics, dimensions, the angle of light, colour, temperature and humidity.

According to Vitruvius, architecture is based on three principles, namely: beauty, durability and utility. Architecture is also influenced by a wide range of external factors such as the local culture, the climate, the availability of materials and one’s financial means. Creating architecture therefore means taking into account a vast number of variables.

The architectural profession is unique in the world because the work touches on both the technical and artistic. An architect has to design a building which people find beautiful and thrilling, yet which is technically feasible at the same time.

Everyone has an opinion about architectural works, yet few actually understand them. An architect designs a building, thereby effecting architecture. A few centuries ago, architects were called master builders. They designed, calculated and executed the plans. They were deeply involved in the entire process. Because modern buildings are technically quite complicated, numerous specialisms have sprung up around the profession of building. All of these parties take part in the construction process to one degree or another. This process is still often managed by the architect, but if the plan is so complex that the architect cannot manage it alone, a construction manager is appointed. The architect can design an impeccable, remarkable building, but the success of a project stands or falls by its proper execution.

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