Our dream architecture

Nobody’s childhood is ever truly complete without fictional stories, and those fictional stories are never fully realized without a description of the setting. A story is never complete without a description of its surroundings, whether through storytelling or a fictitious film, which both begin with the description of having a castle, a little cottage, a forest, or a town. The magnificent castles inspire a child’s passion for the charming Cinderella tale. Somehow, our minds conjure up a picture of a wooden structure when we think of the seven dwarfs’ little dwelling in the forest. The tale of Hansel and Gretel brings up memories of the Gingerbread House. This entire fairytale paints a picture of a child’s ideal home. It leads to the creation of a large castle in the Disney fairytale parks. The buildings found on the Disney islands somehow convey the value of architecture. They serve to remind people of the stories they heard as children. In addition, there are numerous hotels with themed accommodations throughout the world.

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Thorngrove Manor Hotel, Australia_©https://thorngrove.com.au/
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Hansel and Gretal House, Efteling, Netherlands_©https://wanderlust-wonderland.com

The architectural reality

Every student is captivated by some architectural work before enrolling in a school of architecture which fuels their excitement about creating the world of their dreams. Students learn a variety of concepts during the course, and for them, these concepts serve as fairytales. Their impression is formed by the fable that this is the field they will work in. The student who is fascinated by the idea of biomimicry in architecture wants to incorporate the idea into every design they create. The concept of the project shows the architecture student who is infatuated with any architect’s work. Isn’t this analogous to the young child who first hears their fairytales and wants to live in the castle but has to finish it?

Even though students’ perceptions may alter over time as they get a deeper grasp of architecture, the design will always give them the sensation that they are in their favorite fairytale. Their dream project is something they have always wanted to build.

Whether a person is a client or a student, the realm of architecture always offers a window into a dream world. Every customer comes to an architect with a dream project and brings various architectural components that he has seen in books, magazines, or other visual media while visiting various locations. This artist, who is also recognized as an architect, brought this person’s dreamworld to paper before bringing it to life. Even if the path is never straightforward, the architect, who is not a psychologist, must comprehend the psychology of his client because of the client’s inability to express himself when certain terms are absent.

The architect acts as the client’s fairy godmother, assisting them in realizing their vision while remaining within their financial capabilities. Everybody has a lot of dreams, but an architect is someone who can make their client’s dreams come true within their means and in an attractive manner.

Isn’t it the architect’s primary responsibility to bring the client’s fantastical vision to life?

Nautilus House, Mexico _©https://amazingarchitecture.com/organic-house/nautilus-house-in-naucalpan-mexico-by-javier-senosiain

In addition to the fairytales of the student and the client, every architect also lives in their own fairytale. A story of how they found a client who gave them complete creative authority over their design. A client who supports them in finishing his visionary idea will make them well-known worldwide. Getting such a client can be challenging, but the architect nonetheless applies their style to their work with the hope of success in the future. Every architect hopes that their creations will be properly recognized and that they will live on.

Isn’t this the fantasy ending that every architect hopes for?

The way that architects work also evolves with the times, but the dream of designing a well-known structure in their honor persists. Somehow, the names of some architects who succeeded in creating their vision for a building or a well-known structure remain unknown. There were numerous architects who left behind well-known buildings but not their names. While their identities are still a mystery, architects are still playing the role of the godmother in the process of changing people’s lives over time.

Isn’t the architects’ top priority to be acknowledged for their contributions to society?

The world of architecture has evolved from a young child’s dream to a world where the true purpose of the building has been lost but still exists. Every architecture student who begins their job with a goal and ends it in the real world, where their dreams cannot be realized, but who still works hard to achieve that dream, is still outside the scope of architecture education. A student’s journey begins with their first architecture design project, which begins with an intriguing idea, and ends with their final thesis project, which is focused on the philosophy of form follows function. A new architect who enters the business to build distinctive homes ends up recommending Vastu Shastra to his client. Has the theory of climatic architecture been supplanted in some way by the theory of satisfying the clients’ fantasies to make more money? The elderly architects, who continue to work in the hope of being recognized, still require passes to enter the structures they designed in the past, and those who admire the environment and aesthetics of the building are still unable to recognize the person who was responsible for it. 

Is this realistic architecture or a still-unfinished fairytale?


Architect Neha Bhardwaj has a master's degree in architecture pedagogy. She loves to teach architecture and works hard to make it understandable for her students. Along with architecture, she enjoys writing about her feelings and views poetry as a form of architecture or vice versa.