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8 Popular concepts among Architecture Students for the thesis

The concept is the first thing, jurors ask for, in all the juries. So here we collected some Popular concepts which are famous among Architecture Students for the thesis.

1. Public and private:

These are the most common, basic, and popular architecture concepts used by fresher architecture students. The design of the spaces is Purely based on function and user requirements. Moreover, this concept is used in combination with a more abstract concept that gives rise to zoning diagrams that in turn leads to the program of the building. The isolation of spaces is for day by day and periodic exercises. The public spaces give the rooms frequented by guests and pariahs, while the private ones relate straightforwardly to the customers. This thoughtful idea pushes the limits by fusing interesting plan components in the progress spaces. Subsequently, the progress among public and private turns into an intuitive, outgoing space where nature and individuals are reliant.

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Transition Spaces ©
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Courtyard ©

2. Bio-mimicry

Derived from the Greek words bios meaning life and mimesis significance to impersonate, the structures are roused by nature. Additionally, the structures are frequently exacting interpretations of biological organisms. They likewise draw motivation from the activities and the cycles of different flora or fauna. Meanwhile, It uses nature to solve issues in the building’s functioning and to optimize energy efficiency. To adapt to suit our needs, the natural geometries, tessellations, and materials found in an organism.

For example, the most popular architecture concepts that took inspiration from the forest, Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia is the first of this typology.

8 Popular concepts among Architecture Students for the thesis
Sagrada Familia ©

The Eastgate Development in Zimbabwe imitates a termite nest with the help of ventilated facades.

8 Popular concepts among Architecture Students for the thesis
Eastgate Centre ©

3. Light:

Meanwhile, Illumination is a concept as old as time. This tried and tested concept relies on the natural light received by the internal spaces. The amount of light entering the structure regulates with the help of openings. Firstly, The varying size and shapes of the windows and cut-outs, control the ambiance and quality of the room. The daylight also creates a happy environment and conducive to working. Patterns of openings and tessellated screens are used to create interesting shadows on the walls and floors. Secondly, Fenestrations are introduced in the form of skylights and windows which permit light along with protecting the rooms from the elements. Large glass facades interrupted by sunshades, screens, and paneling to soften the glare of sunlight and heat.

For example, sacred spaces like the ancient Roman Pantheon as well as the Church of Light by Tadao Ando.

8 Popular concepts among Architecture Students for the thesis
Church of Light ©

Likewise, The Louvre at Abu Dhabi incorporates a metal screen along with white interiors to create a tree shade pattern on the surfaces as light bounces off the surfaces.

8 Popular concepts among Architecture Students for the thesis
The Louvre at Abu Dhabi ©

4. Abstract idea:

A single word thought or piece of literature can inspire the creation of an experience. However, These ideas are often philosophical and question the existing realities of the world. For instance, Utopian, fantastical themes are derived and translated into a narrative. Moreover, it is interlinked with a journey, and the movement through the site and the structure, the abstractness of the concept enables one to freely explore the realm of creativity.

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Serpentine Pavilion 

5. Sensory perception:

The five senses of human insight empower us to encounter the spaces around us. Firstly, Our real senses are most prominently affected as we feel the textures and materials surrounding us. An aesthetically pleasing structure with plenty of natural light brings serenity within us. Secondly, Colors psychologically affect our mood, and can even nurture mental wellbeing. In addition, bringing nature into built spaces is a calming influence, as the greenery and freshness revive our spirits. Thirdly, Our olfactory nerves, sense the smell of natural materials like mud and flowering plants evoke associated memories. By designing the acoustics, the clarity of thoughts and speech can be maintained. Sometimes the feel and sound of wind gushing through a series of openings can calm us.

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A Multi-Sensorial Urban Garden ©

6. Symmetry:

Seen in either plan, elevation, or section, or all three, symmetry is inspiring from the natural environment. Much of the organic world is symmetric or mirrored including the human body. The physical aspect of the design is the manifestation of our surroundings. As a result, The axis of symmetry enables us to work with certain fixed proportions adapted to human perception and visual connectivity. Symmetry can likewise be at a miniature level, in the enumerating, materials, and completion of the spaces. Symmetry is all the more satisfying to the eye as it requests to our base impulses.

Most ancient architecture is symmetric, for example, the TajMahal and the Eiffel tower. In conclusion, we can say modern architecture is more asymmetric visually and symmetric in functionality.

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Louvre Pyramid ©

For example, The Salk Institute by Louis Kahn is of symmetric modern architecture.  

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London’s Natural History Museum ©Fabricio Pretti

7. Form and volume:

Inspired by LEGO blocks, it involves the volumetric massing of the built environment. The three-dimensional extrusion of the basic plan that modifies to the context. This adaptation of basic geometric forms offers to ascend to structures. The solitary mass breaks into parts or modules, each having an alternate reason. The structure is regularly a mix of squares with changing directions, because of the microclimate. Forms are likewise gotten from the adjustment of a boundary of the general shape. Volume speaks of the internal plan and the proportional height given to it. The openness or claustrophobic feeling when one enters a space is the first and lasting impression.

The blocks may be stacked as seen in OMA’s Interlace or Safdie Architects’ Habitat-67, repetition can be seen in any housing master plan while twisting can be seen in the Turning Torso by Calatrava.

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Turning Torso ©

8. Journey and movement:

The journey takes into consideration the activity and the processes of the users of the site. The experiences one has as one moves through the spaces make it more memorable. The transition from unbuilt/ natural environment to the built environment is important and must be designed accordingly. Each movement through the site and the structure creates a story and an experience. The story may identify with the capacity, movement examples, and encounters of the clients. The client is brought a fixed way which branches and undulates to make different stories. This should be possible with the assistance of wayfinding as signage, tones, materials, and surfaces. The culmination of the journey often materializes as a viewpoint or the focal point of the design in larger sites. 

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Thus, the most popular architecture concepts used by the architecture students during their thesis.


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