Popular Design Philosophies

Learn more about certain architecture and design philosophies.

Since the beginning of time, the art of philosophy and the thinking process has changed the way we see the world and the way we perceive it. Whether it be within literature and rhetoric or how we conduct business and marketing, philosophy is able to transcend every industry and every art form. This even includes a business that is both an art form and an industry: architecture. Since the creation of this immensely necessary art form, different philosophies and ways of thinking have come along with how we build and design buildings and structures. From the meticulous detail that comes along with designing towering skyscrapers such as the Empire State Building to the subtle simplicity of an outlet mall, architecture can be anything and everything you want it to be. There have been many philosophies and ideas when it comes to design and building. Here are a few prominent ones. 

Simple Structures 

We’ve all heard the saying that less is more, and in this case, it’s true. No matter what the design is, it’s best to strip it down to its bare necessities and core essentials. This includes stripping away all the extravagant and flamboyant details your creativity wants to include. Simplicity designs are often lauded and praised due to the lack of material and human resources that go behind creating such an awe-inspiring and mesmerizing piece of architecture. A popular and praised architecture known for his simple designs of modern architecture is the one and only Jonathan Ive. When asked about his process, Ive always responds by taking everything away from the design that isn’t essential to the room’s overall function or structure. 

Less Is Better 

This philosophy goes hand in hand with simple structures, but it also is in regards to the items that are used within the frame or room that is being designed. Most architects want to overload their already bloated designs with an assortment of extra material and objects that end up making the structure feel overdone or claustrophobic. The approach of less is better makes it nearly impossible to have a bloated or overloaded room that would be more distracting than it would be impressive. A common practice that deals with less is better to always subtract instead of add. Like Ive said earlier, it’s an excellent tactic to take away anything from your design that is not absolutely essential to the overall structure or room. 

Focus On Needs 

Everyone likes to be heard. They to have their needs heard and taken care of. It’s only human nature to have this want. This is why it is of the utmost importance that an architect takes their client’s basic needs and wants into consideration when it comes to the initial design. This attention to needs will lead to a substantial amount of empathy when it comes to crafting your final design. To hear what your client wants and expects will help you figure out what your design needs and what it should lack. The conditions and expectations of a client should entirely guide you in your design process.