Aesthetics form the basis for a lot of design decisions within architecture. They’re a means of communicating function as well as values and intentions within a space, and a way of defining a building in relation to the environment around it.
London’s rich architectural tradition means that there are a lot of design movements to draw inspiration from and ultimately build in reaction to. Responding to the historical buildings, iconic pieces, or monolithic sky scrapers all requires different aesthetics, which are also defined by the client’s vision.
Speak to us about your preferences and influences during the design process and we will draw on these ideas as well as our own extensive experience to create a building that works functionally and aesthetically within its setting.
Structural, Functional, and Material Honesty
In some cases, clients prefer buildings to show their purpose rather than being decorative. This is paring ‘form follows function’ down to the simplest version, without embellishments or unnecessary additions. Good material selections are essential for these designs to work, both functionally and aesthetically.
Classic, Traditional and Vernacular Aesthetics
As an established form of design, architecture has a number of timeless principles that go beyond individual influences and cultures. Using these forms creates truly timeless buildings and contributes to a London where traditions do transcend moving fashions and trends.
Environmental Design Values
A greater concern for the environment has had an impact on design aesthetics throughout major cities around the world. Living roofs in Paris and titanium dioxide ‘smog eating’ render are just two ways that the desire for a better relationship with the ecosystem is affecting design and materials.
These values can actually make the city healthier, with buildings that help to filter the air and reduce heat build-up in the capital. While these designs aren’t a necessity yet, creating modern buildings often means incorporating at least a few environmentally friendly features which could – in time – become part of the new vernacular in London.