Architecture is not only about physical construction of dwellings but includes modern engineering as well. It is an artistic and emotional product which can not be formed from the specifics of its creators. The saying “architect’s architecture” is a vivid illustration of this phenomenon, which implies that a work reflects the architect him/herself via his/her individual shape and style. Needless to mention, you end up with a design that, besides being visually appealing, is also meaningful since it may contain some very powerful, sometimes revolutionary, thoughts. Here, in this article, we will highlight the specific features of architect-made buildings, acknowledging the clarity, philosophical notions, groundbreaking technologies and context with the elements that distinguish architects and their art from other fields of human creativity. 

The Personal Vision: A Signature Style

Each famous architect has his unique style stamped onto his work which is as obvious as the artist’s signature itself or another personal vision discernable from the general one. Minimalism is not just a style it is rather a representation of design value and function. Another example can be seen in the use of the organic approach by Frank Lloyd Wright as well. The latter achieved this through the creation of a place where art and nature met. Wright’s Fallingwater project is a visual illustration of the opinion by saying that the aim is not only to build a house but at the same time to make it a natural part of the landscape.

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Baku Cultural Center_©Iwan Baan

Zaha Hadid may be perceived as a designer of complex and rigid structures but in actual fact, she changed the course of modern architecture with her fluid and dynamic forms. The peculiarity and undisturbed form of her buildings, like the Heydar Aliyev Center in Baku, Azerbaijan, create spaces that reflect the flowing of the water as well as the power of the same under their own logic of the flowing. The main reason why I opted for this design is because it’s not only about inspiring but also about breaking old standards of architecture and in the end makes a statement that there are no limits on the things that can be done.

Philosophical and Theoretical Foundations: Building on Ideas

 Designers may be either inspired by or borrow ideas from deep philosophy and/or theoretical art; this elevates art to a higher level and gives it a special meaning. They will become the brains of the structure, which is a starting point for the grand buildings being constructed. For instance, Deconstructivism which was advertised by architects including Peter Eisenman and Daniel Libeskind related to the lines that are not similar to common designs by the connections that are built by their incongruous and fragmented structures. The main idea of this movement is so that the postmodernism theories which are different from conventional and orderly may discover the construction they challenge.

In addition to this, Tadao Ando, whose work is Zen influenced the radical influence of philosophy in his minimalist style of design. Through the usage of a single shape, natural light, and wide open plains, he manages to convey an atmosphere of silence and meditation. And Osaka’s Kiyomizu-dera Temple and the Cathedral of Light in Osaka, represent his philosophy, hard concrete walls interrupted by a cross see the light, recall that a person is called to deep communion and spirituality.

Innovative Techniques and Materials: Going Over The Edges

The differentiation of an architect’s work is not only due to the innovative methods and materials but also to the way that they put it all together in the construction. To date, the works of some architects such as Santiago Calatrava and Shigeru Ban illustrate this technique. Calatrava, who is well-known for incorporating biomimetic design into his works, aims at combining the architectural and engineering aspects of his projects which involve mimicking natural forms and hence creating aesthetically pleasing structures. The radically shaped Turning Torso in Malmö, Sweden, evoked by the human body’s torque motion, is a unique building, thus, giving the impression it is always moving.

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Nisarg art hub _© Syam Sreesylam

Designer Shigeru Ban in contrast is famous for his application of usually untested and green materials. He employed paper tubes and recycled materials (not only in temporary constructions) movingly, but also in his permanent works and thus he called into question the conventions for building and addressed modern life by the way of ecological aspects and temporary structures. A fantastic example of how innovations could be created in order to meet short-term needs emerged in the case of architectural designer Jan Ban, from New Zealand Capital, who constructed a cathedral out of cardboard after the devastating earthquake.

Contextual and Cultural Sensitivity: Treating the Environment with Honor

More specifically, one of the moments of non-architect architects is the true sensitivity to context and culture. Social critics Kalenson and Cohan (2018) remarked that such use of renewable energy sources and green architecture in the tourism industry helps to connect buildings with their surrounding environments, which, in turn, resonates with the local communities where they are located. Through this, we achieve a situation in which architecture is not only beautiful but also, we ensure the right degree of appropriateness functionally and relevance culturally.

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Breathing wall _©Coolant

Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) is well-known for its designs which are involved with local conditions, climatic factors and cultural narratives. Take the case of Amager Bakke waste to the energy centre in Copenhagen, which alongside being an efficient waste treatment facility also turns into an entertainment space providing people with ski slopes. This formula embodies the Danish attention to the environment and public benefit also making a corner an active area that boosts urban life.

The Role of Innovation: Breaking New Ground

The architect’s innovative nature more times than not paves the way for new findings, proposing creative processes and ideas that eventually shift the overall paradigm of architecture. The ability to try out new styles and ideas as well as take risks led to the introduction of breathtaking design styles in an era where buildings became the new gold standard for architectural works. The innovation through visual architecture is not only limited to structural integrity but it extends to sustainability and functionality too.

Although the example of Norman Foster’s high-tech architecture most likely remains in the heads of many, it is still a significant case of innovative thinking. This can be seen in his masterpieces like the HSBC Building built in Hong Kong, by the application of enhanced engineering methods and materials to lighten the load, to respond to environmental factors, and to make the structure eye-catching. Sustainability is one of the key features exhibited by Foster through his substantial utilisation of sustainable materials and energy-saving systems thus becoming a trendsetter and the best role model for future practices in architecture.

Celebrating Uniqueness in Architecture

The style of the Architect is an homage to authenticity, creativity, and discursive reasoning. It does not just limit itself to the mere erection of buildings but the generation of space that subtly entails the various philosophies of different architects. These artefacts are held as evidence of the legendary skills of these star architects in improvising, rebelling against the norms, and designing the structures according to their cultural and environmental contexts. They educate us that architecture is no less than making dormant spaces livable but also guiding the mind to roam beyond the norms of creative thinking. As we move forward in designing our built environment, the architectural views will go on to have a great impact on the development of the future world that will also be as remarkable as beautiful.

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Yamini is an architecture student who is aligned towards writing and marketing. She writes with purpose and passion, making things easy to understand. She loves to travel, learn new things, and experience new cultures. She aims to break down architectural complexity into more digestible forms.