Is Designing a Building Simple?

Today’s Topics:

  • Just a Box
  • Knowing What Goes in a Building
  • Depth of Design Thinking

Just a Box

When you come to think about it. We spend our lives in nicely wrapped boxes.

Buildings enclosed by 4 walls, a floor, and a roof. The most essential parts of any room.

We wake up in a box, we eat in a box, and we go to work or school in a box.

But how hard is it to design these boxes? Because yes at a glance and with quick judgement, in essence they can seen as a simple design.

But when you look and examine buildings, there are intricate details of design that help us function the way that we do, and things in design the give us emotion, feeling, and a sense of attachment to a place.

Knowing What Goes In A Building

To be an architect or designer, you have to first begin by knowing all of the necessary elements of a building.

Not only that, but there are many different types of buildings that can be made for various intents and purposes.

You would not put a window in a movie theatre, because that requires a dark space whereas windows introduce natural light.

Maybe you are given instructions on what spaces to include. Designing a home you would need a kitchen, a bedroom and bathroom in simple terms.

All of these different things can be fit into the same space. It is a matter of the elements in the room that express its intention and purpose, not the space itself.

Depth of Design Thinking

Design is not just about thinking what is the best way to organize my box shaped house.

It is deeper than just a level of organization. Everything that you design, has to be done with intention.

Every window has to be placed in a controlled manner because natural light is something to be harnessed.

Every door and wall combination needs to intentionally enclose a space otherwise the having a door would not be necessary.

As a second year architecture student, these are some of the things I am starting to explore more. Just designing to design is one thing, but designing with purpose and intent takes much more work and time to master.


Thanks for tuning into this week’s blog post! I hope you enjoyed it and if you have time, check out my portfolio work, or maybe even some of my YouTube videos. As always, Dream Big!

Published by Alonzo Colon

Architecture Student at Virginia Tech

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