When one thinks of architecture, “beauty” is not the first word that pops into the mind. Perhaps “building” or “cement” or even “construction site”, but the first word is never related to aesthetics. Architecture is meant to be an ode to the civility of man, the mark of his permanence on earth and a shelter against the elements of nature he cannot control. Architects in Chennai, New Delhi, Bangalore, Mumbai, and all over India and their clients have recently become more open to the idea that buildings are not just concrete structures meant as part of our basic needs but they can be beautiful too.
We live in an era that is filled with more stunning technology each day. With the advent of machinery and robotics in the field of architecture, the designs of buildings have become more fluid and daring, mimicking nature in its most fragile and strong points. Not only have our building techniques improved but so have the materials that are used to construct them. Wood, stone, and cement have given way to carbon fiber, laminated sheets of wood and biodegradable plastics. With changes in all three aspects of what makes up a building, the reason why we build buildings has also changed. An office block or a house has become an extremely personal statement even on the outside; they no longer serve as areas of work or rest but rather serve as a reminder of the ideals of the owner within.
Consider the Sydney Opera House, a multi-venue architecture made out of prefabricated cement slabs which is one of the most iconic structures in the modern world. Not only does it go against the preconception that building must be box-shaped or have a set number of walls and a roof to be strong, but it also uses a common material in an uncommon way that sets it apart from all the other cement constructions in the world.
The key to achieving the right balance between aesthetics and fortitude lies in architectural designing. We currently live in a time of prefabricated houses, cantilevers, and structures in odd, jutting designs. It is crucial now more than ever that the structural soundness is considered. The construction team should be well-versed in the topography of the land as well as have enough experience to know how to use it to their advantage. A fine example of this is the construction of stilted houses along rivers or lagoons. While older versions of these houses were built with wood, new stilt houses are fabricated with rust-proof materials that are easy to assemble but can take on the force of the waves and sea air without falling apart.
Speaking of the old, container houses are also making a comeback. They make good temperature-regulated dwellings at a menial cost and can be laid on a multitude of surfaces and foundations. Since they are made to withstand the test of time, people have been repurposing them in trailer parks and in remote areas for a long time. However, during 2014, there was a sudden increase in people choosing to go off-grid and to lead a more eco-friendly lifestyle. They found that this new way of living did not mean having to give up the sleek beauty of an urban house. Thus, the tiered or stacked container homes came into being, for those who wanted more than just one story. The pattern was quickly followed in more traditional building materials and has remained a crowd-pleaser ever since.
Architectural design has been instrumental in figuring out how a design idea can be made a reality. Consultants and constructors not only have to consider the structural integrity, but also consider what the actual structure is being used for and the material that will best be suited for its purpose. Only the most deviant of constructions vary from the cookie-cutter mold of urban dwellings; however, if one were to consider an amphitheater or a stadium where millions visit each year and every life depends on how robust the structure is, the numbers seem more significant.
Those seemingly insignificant choices made by the construction engineers during assembly have a significant impact on the final product. Whatever the project may be, choose one of the Architects in Chennai who have an excellent track record, a keen eye for detail and a sixth sense in customer satisfaction.