An architectural concept known as functional architecture identifies the purpose of systems and how they interact. It specifies how the system’s many functions will work together to carry out its tasks. Functionality must come before perfection in architecture. The roles a building must do and how they can be expressed and interwoven with the different physical, social, aesthetic, and even spiritual contexts that the building must address should always come first in the design process. The aesthetic component of a home is formed. Consider decorative architectural elements, flooring, and the wood used in cabinetry. The function of a space is determined by its design and how it is used. The function may include useful elements like storage space such as a self-storage unit, car storage, and a sizable kitchen island if you enjoy cooking and entertaining.

When it comes to the planning and building of homes, the function is more crucial than the other two design elements. You’ll end up with a home that looks amazing but has some useless places if you choose to forgo function for the sake of aesthetic beauty. In addition to accessibility and proportional concerns, a house without useful design components could also be short on necessities like storage space and good lighting. Despite this, there are some good reasons to keep practicing form. On one side of your house, for instance, you could want a beautiful view, but adding a wall of windows could lower your house’s energy efficiency rating. You’ll need to give up a little form over a little function to acquire the views.

Architectural design is a practice that satisfies both practical and aesthetic requirements, hence achieving both usefulness and creativity. Since architecture serves a useful purpose, it does not fall under the criteria of fine art. It is not necessary to be innovative to produce art. Music, sculpture, and photorealistic paintings are just a few examples of the many different ways that creativity may manifest itself in art. A three-dimensional physical entity that defines space, if not always, then typically this construct or a representation of it, is what architecture is. Architecture is always constrained by practical considerations, whereas art represents creative freedom and breaches the laws. When compared to hard, immovable architecture, art is abstract.

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Example of good architecture (Villa Savoy)_©DeZeen
Example of bad architecture (Walkie Talkie Building)_©Photographer Christopher Furlong

Art and Architecture

The design, creators, and individual meanings of art and architecture all exhibit a close relationship. The organizing principles, design elements, and sensory appeal shared by both were taken into consideration throughout construction. In terms of culture and history, both art and architecture are important. While communicating, they are also being expressive. To communicate a complex set of ideas graphically, the artist “shapes” an aspect that is shown to the observer. Even though they create habitable or useful spaces, architects also create beautiful constructions.

Architecture is a fusion of art, technology, and building, and it provides a way for people to express themselves that can be shared and interpreted. Architecture and the arts have frequently been linked as a symbiotic partnership. Beginning with the early Roman era, buildings were adorned with flower patterns, scrolled columns, and other organic elements in the Art Nouveau architectural style. In accordance with architecture, people interact with their surroundings and supposedly artistically express themselves by interacting with the objects they pass by.

What is good architecture?

Given that there is still a heated and ongoing dispute about what the term “architecture” actually means in the context of enterprise systems in the twenty-first century, it is challenging to define what the qualities of good architecture are. Vitruvius, a Roman architect, outlined three qualities of good architecture in his book De Architectura. The following guidelines:

Durability – It ought to be sturdy and continue to be in good shape

Utility – It ought to be practical and reliable for the users

Beauty – It ought to make folks smile and cheer them up

For a structure to be useful and approachable, certain characteristics are necessary. A structure is seen to have good design, or good architecture when it can meet both scenarios. Sturdy, Feasible, Durable, Flexible, and Elegant are the attributes that a structure must possess. Form and function must coexist in architecture, and elegance is an excellent way to judge architecture. For those who take the time to study it, a well-designed architecture typically has a simple form and an air of elegance.

Architecture design is the planning, designing, building, and creating of buildings and other physical structures for the benefit of the general public. Buildings and monuments in particular are seen as both works of art and cultural symbols, but they are also considered to be design objects because they serve practical purposes as well as being works of art. People tend to view good architectural designs as timeless artifacts that are strong, dependable, and will also be simpler to maintain. Spatial design, or architectural design in general, can be either macro, as in urban design, landscape architecture, and building constructions, or micro, as in interior design or public art.

When we talk about good architectural design, we’ll concentrate on the big picture of spatial design, which considers interior and exterior forms as well as communication designs, the user experiences through the implementation of facilities and aesthetics, as well as the civil engineering aspects, and of course any social, psychological, and other factors. Architecture is not only one of the oldest but also one of the most multidisciplinary knowledge-intensive scientific fields.


Hetvi Jadia is an architecture student and a dancer, born and brought up in Surat, Gujarat. She started developing interest in writing since a long time.