As an architecture, creating a project can take its toll on you especially when you have had so much to deal with, and your creative side experiences a block. However, the more you work on projects, the better you become at starting the next one until you achieve your target. That said, here are 5 tips for creating an architecture project.
Interpret the project brief in your own words
The project brief details the site of the project, requirements and any other fundamentals of the project. However although you may have learned about the brief and its importance from school, only big corporations may provide one. If working with smaller companies, you may not get a brief, and it is up to you to get all the information you need, by asking the right questions.
In the case you get a brief, it is important to note the intention of the project and pay attention to any keywords or phrases. As you peruse through the brief, brainstorm it and get several ideas to guide you through the entire project. With such an approach you will have the intention of the project at your fingertips.
Understand the site context of your project
With the internet, you can easily find out information about the proposed site, such as the size, topography and neighboring buildings if you use the satellite feature to get a bird’s view. You should also consider other factors that could ultimately affect the design of your building such as wind direction, climate changes expected, and opportunities for energy conservation among others. With Google Street, you can know your way around the site and get details that could affect your design of the building. Such details are nearest hotspots, the distance between buildings and the street and the transparency to opacity ratio of the facades of existing buildings.
Know your limitations
The local zoning and building code can put a restraint on the type of building you should up, therefore, analyze both the zoning code and building code. They describe the kind of materials you should use for construction, the design you can build on a particular piece of land, the scale of the building and many more which all go to ensure the safety of the structure. If the client offers spatial relationships between programs, you can ask guiding questions and give examples to understand their preferences better.
Research case studies
If other projects similar to yours exist, then you should research more about them. You can get the architecture’s interpretation of the design brief from the web and get new ideas as to how they can relate to your project. You can also use other sources like books, journals, and newspapers and save the information in a folder to refer to in the conceptual design phase.
In the end, it all comes down to a sketch. After gathering all the information, you now have an idea of the structure you should put up so begin putting it down on paper. No matter how rough it seems, keep drawing since once you have the general concept on paper, you can quickly refine it later. Eventually, you will narrow down all your ideas into one great drawing to use as the building design.