Creating a location that gives the user an experience they will remember is the process of architecture. A layperson and an architect have different definitions of space when speaking because of their different points of view. A layperson fantasizes about the beauty of the building, whereas an architect views the building from all sides, including the design, the experience, the use, and the functionality.

The adaptable design and the way they influence the people will help you grasp the significance of space when you examine the ancient Indian temples and the stories etched on them. Regarding the construction methods of the temples, these are enormous scale models cut out of stone, and it is amazing how something as simple and unassuming as a piece of stone can have such profundity and beauty. Architecture is the prism through which you can view your environment and is a reflection of cultures. Your perspective may alter as a result of exposure to other types of architecture, such as spatial organization, minimalism, narratives, etc. A layperson would merely be drawn to an RCC building’s aesthetics as compared to a vernacular building, however, after studying architecture, they might look at it differently.

Minimalism

One of the most fascinating aspects of design is minimalism. For example, when discussing the Farnsworth House, the average person only sees the open deck and the spaces where they can sit and relax, but an architect can see the construction of how the columns are not hidden, demonstrating the strength of the structure, and the axis in which the house is divided, which is the three main horizontal planes on which the house stands with the glasses on all four sides making it appear weightless, among other things.

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Mies Van Der Rohe. Farnsworth House_©Architectural Digest

Vernacular Architecture

Vernacular architecture is made of regional materials that are derived from regional practices and methods that have been passed down from generation to generation. Let’s discuss the local architecture of Africa, where the majority of the population resides in rural areas and constructs their homes using resources that are readily available there, to better comprehend it. They employ methods that have been passed down through the years, methods that are both beautiful and sustainable. You may also see the significance and advantages of different types of materials, such as how mud walls in a house can absorb heat during the day and release it at night to maintain a constant temperature. Additionally aiding in heat regulation, the thatch roof allows warm air generated during the day to escape through it. One’s psyche is greatly influenced by vernacular architecture.

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South Africa_©Africa Vernacular Architecture

Storytelling spaces

Spatial narrative and design story are the two main categories of tales addressing various facets of architecture. While a design narrative discusses a building’s architecture, or how the building itself is telling a story, a spatial narrative describes the experience of the spaces and how the user sees the spaces. Depending on who is experiencing it and when, an architectural experience might vary as a narrative, but the set of relationships in the building stays constant, and this is what is referred to as the narrative structure. The story is based on incidents or occurrences that have occurred or are continuing to occur in cities or our day-to-day lives. For instance, the Jewish Museum was constructed to remember the victims of the Holocaust. The storytelling potential of an architectural setting is known as spatial narration. It aids in interpreting the space and processing meaning through an immersive journey. constructing settings that tell the story of the designer’s aim and experiencing the space through a new route.

Jewish Museum_©Gunter Schneider

One can see how the architect incorporated the meaning or the story into the design through spatial narrative architecture. The spatial narrative is the pattern of movements in the architecture that will cause a sense of motion, direction, and balance. This can be perceived through the configuration of space and time. The movement pattern in the building that gives the space a sense of motion, direction, and equilibrium is known as the spatial narrative. The arrangement of space and time can be used to perceive this. The trip through several settings, from one to the next, and the user’s perception of each space in terms of how it makes them feel comfortable are both parts of the spatial narrative. The investigation of the setting and its surroundings is crucial to narrative architecture.

Understanding the location: research the place, story of the place, character, and particularity of the place. Mapping of place: after the basic information of the place, collect the effective information and reflect it as mapping. It is scientific information. This information is based on facts, which is used to refer to at any time. Mapping to the narrative concept: develop a concept, a concept that tells the story about the place. The important point is how to reflect the story of the place into a narrative concept. Start a narrative: the components, composition, and formulation of the building are all based on the narrative concept. Detailed story: details and elements of the building can be reflected in the narrative. Expression of narrative concept: there are different ways to express design, rendering, and line graphs. Collage is said to be the most suitable and easiest way to express.

Author

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.