The Art of Shaping Houses

I have never been to an architectural school nor I have even deal with the principles of architectural construction, but I’m not a stranger to an architectural and interior designs, having learned that from my past internships on a branding company. Being a part of the team, I’ve learned to travel and see places that I haven’t seen before, and one of the most fascinating experiences is seeing the houses and buildings dressed in aesthetic designs.
The aim of architecture is to engulf the emotions of the person spatially, the reason why it considers adequate usage of space, and after that the aesthetics will follow. It is about how the architect chooses the materials and making it more realistic.
Most forms of architecture today would be in the form of avant-garde in which the architects designed it in their own new or original concepts ranging from the interior surfaces, arches, and floorings, to the roofs, windows, and doors. Other type of architecture may be in the form of contemporary architecture, tropical modern or tropical Asian, and Mediterranean or modern or tropical Mediterranean architecture.
If you havean intense obsession of Singapore’s TiongBahru, Bangkok’s Talad Rot Fai, or the St. Francis Yard in Wanchai, then perched in the land of Galle Dutch Fort in Sri Lanka is a place of seaside subdivisions, where we once stayed the night, knowing lately that those buildings were inspired from Dutch architecture.
Dutch architecture ranges in style from 17th and 18th century and can be seen in Amsterdam, Delft, Utrecht, and Leuwardeen. This started when the Dutch empire was at the height of its power. The second was in the first half of the century 20th century during development of modernism. These houses were generally very narrow and had an ornamented façade that fitted their status. This type of home takes its name from the Dutch Colonists who settled in the lower parts of New York and New Jersey. There they lived for many years in warm and cheery comfort. The Dutch houses convey to us this rich domesticity and love of good living. A typical Victorian form from 1890 to 1900 was often cross-gabled with many accompanying excesses including bric-a-brac and fish scale siding. After 1900, more classical elements began to predominate.The primary visual characteristics of Dutch architecture are pillars, pilasters, pediments and rustication. It is a classic antiquity.

The TBA Breeze subdivision in Sri Lanka is structured like that of the newly constructed Iloilo Provincial Capitol and that of the Calle Real. It has parallel long beams that bear a gambrel roof that serves as a distinguishing feature of a Dutch design sloping on all sides, with flaring eaves that extend over the long corner.It has a resemblance of a barn construction. It also has a long porch on the second storey of the site, running the full-width of the rooms, and a central double Dutch door. The windows are double-hung sash frameworks with outward swinging wood shutters. The bare concrete walls are coated with white and gray paint uplifting the feature of the architecture. The façade with the decorative hood or arches looming above the heads of the traversing visitors creates a mixture of contemporary and Dutch colonial features where the context has reflected the nostalgia from the past. The interior of the place is a subtle balance of elegance, amplifying the unmistakable Dutch structure.
The common Dutch houses that was designed before is covered with red bricks that served as their walls, but recently, since red bricks are costly and hard to find, they have it cemented. Old Dutch houses also possess a chimney which these modern houses don’t have. The doors and rooms are connected to each other that served as apartments or subdivisions the reason why they didn’t put chimneys on it. Although it has lacking aspects, still it still evokes an image of confinement.
Rounding off the architectural and interior elegance it has captured the heart of the visitors and expresses a memorabilia of the contemporary architects.The design responds to the country’s climate and culture. It is how the designers use the spaces as part and parcel of the culture and buildings should merely be a facilitator for this.
The type of houses evolved from time to time and the whole concept of design was to understand who exactly was the architect designing for. This they wanted to prove that even contemporary things, specifically a home, are accessible by them and not only those who can afford it.


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