What is Architecture? What does it look like?
Many people complain that buildings designed by architects cost too much. Some feel that the plan of a building that they have seen and liked on a large piece of land with a scenic view, can be simply duplicated on their urban plot in a crowded area.
Some assume that an architect has a large book of plans from which he has only to pick up the most suitable plan and make a few changes. Other assume that the preparation of a design of any building is a quick. easy job.
These are some of the common misconceptions may people have about architecture.
Architecture is not so superficial.
Well, what is architecture then?
Architecture is not just a pretty or convenient arrangement of rooms. It is the art of designing a building in a way that integrates the functional, psychological, climatic and aesthetic aspects to create a harmonious effect, that both pleases the eye and the mind, and serves the purpose for which it is designed.
Good architecture does not involve merely adding a few fins, arches or bands — it is not just beautifying a building; it is building beautifully.
Related: What does an architect do?
There are some buildings with a lot of expensive ornamentation, which proclaim themselves loudly. But they soon lose their initial attraction and may even become standing eyesores.
Some buildings are bland, not arousing any feeling at all. However, a good architectural building speaks to us with clarity and simplicity. It has a sustaining appeal, not just a transient one.
Many great buildings like the Ellora temples, the Taj Mahal, and the Notre Dame Church in Paris have a truly timeless quality. Fine buildings grow on us.
There are some buildings which, at first glance, do not appeal, but with time, as one becomes familiar with them, are appreciated and may even be considered exceptional pieces of architecture. Parisians hated the Eiffel Tower. Eiffel Tower is a great piece of architecture.