Sometime ago, I was approached by a businessman. He owned a successful securities trading company. Trading in all sorts of securities like stocks, bonds, commodities, metals. He had recently acquired some commercial office space for a major expansion. My task was to design a floor plan according to their requirements.
I visited the place for inspection. It was a large hall, with dimensions 45′ x 90′. I had to deal with a few existing columns, but it was decent.
Empty Commercial Space
I was given a few requirements, but it was still flexible. More requirements were to be added later. The building was already constructed, so external window locations were already fixed.
Basic requirements as laid down by the client were
Reception and Waiting Lobby
Trading area with a capacity of upto 50 workstations
Lounge area for people meeting the CEO
CEO Rest room with attached bath
Conference Room for upto 10 people
Three private cabins for directors
Three more cabins for managers
Two discussion rooms for their sales team
So, I began working on the drawing, and after many hours of hard work, and many revisions, I got my first drawing ready which had to be presented to the client for further deliberation.
Introduction to the Approach to Architectural Drawing
We are beginning with a new tab on “Architectural Drawing”. We will cover a wide range of topics regarding Architectural Drawing which will help Architecture and Engineering students to achieve excellence in Drawing.
Let’s begin with our lessons on Architectural Drawing.
Art in the past was an intellectual, scientific and poetic discipline. Draftsmanship was of primary importance, though drawing has been playing a service role to painting, sculpture and architecture.
Contemporary art/Architecture has to return to classical roots for redefinition for standards and precepts. Follow that route and you will learn soon enough.
The importance of spending months on the fundamentals of drawing may not be obvious immediately. Repetition unavoidably is the key. Repeated acts of seeing, selecting, and thinking through the physical marking on paper are indispensable to growth.
Reading about Architecture or talking about drawing will not do what pencil in hand will do. Drawing takes repeated effort. But at the outset, a great deal of technical discipline/drawing etiquette must usually come before creative leaps.
Distractions to be avoided
Copying – Need to develop comprehension beyond copying.
Do not latch on the flashy techniques too early in your career – You may lose a great deal of integrity and individualism in expression.