The perception of architecture ...
" Less is more , " proclaimed the famous architect ( Ludwig Mies van der Rohe 1896-1969)
" Less is bore , " commented another one (Robert Venturi * 1925)
Who of the actors of the puns shall I agree with?
Both are true. Especially today when we feel the need to differ, these aphorisms
express how differently can be architecture perceived.
Is the architecture really balancing on a thin border of aesthetics,being original at all costs and
engage at first sight, or bet on simplicity, order, dignity, purity and elegance - minimalism?
Personally, I feel closer to Ludwig Mies van der Rohe.
Nevertheless, in the process of formation I sometimes desire to incorporate a bit of disharmony, kick steady habits into motion ...
Is it a nod in agreement to the verdict with boredom? But I feel that it is often enough to add just a
little bit, a discrete element – such as asymmetry of windows, a curved line in the orthogonal grid or in a direction opposite ledge. This caution, this personal feeling turns me back to the first aphorism...
I also sometimes ask what new can be brought in design? It seems that nowadays and
especially on paper you can make up anything.
Can you ignore economic aspects of
this? How about looking back at fair trade and the principles that emerged from the experience of centuries and combining them with knowledge, materials and design options that belong to our time? Many of today's houses could learn from their more than a half century older forerunners by Wright and Van der Rohe.
Do you feel that contemporary construction output is very similar to each other?That it is enough to be satisfied with the selection of catalogues and feel no need to invent an individual house? Do not be mistaken! Even apparently very similar buildings can differ in lots of ways.
I know from experience that the most important thing for a building construction is its proportions – personal sense of balance which determines the final aesthetics.This makes homes unique.This can be the architect's contribution, he should understand and be able to organize. The architect should also bring suggestions into discussion about your ideas and add them to the design
Thanks to the process rise, every house may be different because it reflects the soul of the owner and meaningful continuity of its operations inside the building.
Client's mentor is the architec and his mentors are feeling and spirit that appears during and after consultations and rethinking about the house. We sometimes create without being able to express verbally and justify. Even the architect himself might be sometimes surprised with the result with respect to the original assignment. Formation of the house along with the architect is new experience. I believe that being present at this process can form your opinion on the profession of an architect.