A modern architectural style: finding focus

Architects must have a clear idea of what they want to achieve

Contemporary architecture experiments with plenty of different styles, so you can even come across interesting blend of traditional and futuristic elements all contained in one building.

Sounds fascinating, doesn’t it?

However, what architects are trying to achieve is to create a focal point in their designs.

Even though different components can serve as focal points of an exterior design, their purpose is the same – drawing attention and creating perfect unity.

So, now that we understand the importance of finding focus in architectural style, let’s take a look at some ideas on how this is usually achieved.

Identifying the focal points

When establishing a focal point of an exterior design, every architect will consider what exactly they want to communicate by it.

Once they discover the purpose of a certain design, it is quite easy for them to decide on a strong focal point that will draw everybody’s attention and create that perfect balance.

However, establishing a focal point also means keeping the rest of the design simple.

This is vital since if there are various aspects of an architectural design that are eye-catching, it will be virtually impossible to achieve a tasteful visual impact.

However, this doesn’t mean that only boring designs can have a clear focus, but that one should consider the advantages of simplicity which provides enough space for that final and focal touch.

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Green architecture: a new recognisable style

Some world-famous architects have started focusing on eco-friendly aspects of architecture, and probably the most famous example is Stefano Boeri and his Vertical Forest in Milan.

He chose to incorporate 1100 trees and 2500 plants into this building design, and turn its greenery into the focal point of the entire building structure.

On top of that, such an architectural solution is also important from the aspects of preserving the environment since it helps fighting abundant carbon dioxide emissions.

Finally, this brings us to the importance of the message that every architect is trying to convey with their work, and in this case, the message is loud and clear, which means that the focus has been successfully established.

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Focusing on particular components of an architectural design

You may have never thought about this before, but there are always hierarchical relations between different components of an architectural design.

For example, an architect can choose to put most of the focus on the size and shape of the windows and make their design the most prominent feature.

On the other hand, entrance doors can speak volumes about the entire style of a house as well and thus become the true focal point of a home’s exterior design.

This is often achieved by the choice of materials that will emphasize the main purpose of a particular architectural style.

For example, wooden doors can add that classic and vintage feel to a place, while the steel or glass ones will perfectly match other futuristic exterior design components.

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Focusing on the shape

Have you ever come across some weird-shaped and wacky buildings like the “Crooked House” from Sopot in Poland or the amazing upside-down house from Trassenheide in Germany?

Well, if you have, you’ll definitely agree that shape itself can definitely be a focal point of a building.

For example, instead of focusing on one particular component of a house, its shape will add that final touch to the design and help create perfect unity.

Just imagine how awesome it would be to see a house shaped like a book or as something coming from another dimension!

It definitely wouldn’t go unnoticed.

Landscaping is the key to creating a focal point

Finally, landscaping is a part of its exterior design and can also serve as a great accent.

You must have noticed so far that even average-looking houses can become quite stunning when embellished with a beautiful and well-maintained garden.

So, it’s not a surprise that all the famous architects pay a lot of attention to the latest landscaping trends.

After all, such an investment is bound to pay off in the long run.

Furthermore, installing slate or concrete paving stones which can create a nice path through a colourful garden has become a true craze over the last couple of years.

Additionally, having a nicely-decorated patio has also become a must.

Therefore, most people choose to turn their backyard into a focal point of their house’s exterior design and opt for furniture that is both cosy and durable.

As you can see, there are many ways to put an emphasis on a certain part of an exterior design.

First of all, architects must have a clear idea of what they want to achieve since only that way they’ll be able to decide on the best focal point of their work.

After all, this is what creates the unity and keeps the balance of an entire structure.

Article by Faith McGregor

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