The Character and Style of a building is based on its functional aspects, associated aspects and personal aspects….
Character of a building is classified into three main categories:
- Functional Character
- Associated Character
- Personal Character
In this article, we are going to discuss in detail all the three basic characters of a building mentioned above with examples…
Functional Character of a Building
- Every building has specific functions and is made for specific broad purpose. The internal planning is in co-ordination with the exterior facade that tells us the purpose of the building.
- The external appearance plays an important role in determining the purpose and the function of the structure.
- Designing skylights instead of windows can indicate a museum.
- Designing a long wall having numerous windows in a particular order can also indicate a museum.
- Designing tall and wide windows suggest a library.
- Designing a symmetrical entrance to a central block having a wide entrance to express balance and rhythm indicates public buildings.
Associated Character of a Building
- The character of some buildings is expressed through elements associated with certain influences. Such influences often go thousands of years back in history and culture.
- Cultural aspects play an important role in determining the Associated Character of a particular structure….
- We recognize a building by its features, which we associate with a particular structural style. A spire on a tower by the side of a spacious building indicates a church. A gopuram depicts a Hindu Temple whereas a crescent and a white dome is the symbol of a mosque.
Personal Character of a Building
Characters in architecture is comparable with the attributes of an individual. If a building is designed in the proper spirit, personal characteristics such as grace, dignity and vitality can be expressed as an integral part of the structure.
Studying these Characters will help us understand the anatomy of the Design of the Building…