How to design like an architect

How to design like an architect


Hi I’m Doug Patt and this is How to design
like an architect. I thought the best way to talk about design would be to create a
dream home for someone, but first, lets talk about the design process. An architect, like
any design professional draws on a wellspring of information. How we design is based to
some extent on what we know. What we know can be based on the school we went to, the
books weve read, the magazines we like to look at, where we grew up, our friends and
relatives, the occupations weve held and in general, our life experiences. A professor
named Edmund Bacon (actually the father of the actor Kevin Bacon) told me something once
that I will never forget. He said, Its in the doing that the idea comes. That is, we
must sit and work through something before we can find the best way to solve a problem.
Solving a design problem is essentially taking what we know and putting it together with
that particular challenge. When an architect sits down to problem solve they frequently
sketch. Sketching is one of the best ways to work out the solution to a problem. And
I believe that its exactly what Edmund Bacon meant when he said its in the doing that the
idea comes. Before we design our dream home I need to give you a little insight into one
of my favorite architects. Le Corbusier (October 6, 1887 – August 27, 1965) was a Swiss born
architect, writer and painter among other things. He was well known as a modern architect
and for his theories & approach to architecture. Ill save his story for another episode, but
would like to reference one of his most well known buildings. The Unite dHabitation in
Maresielles France is a very modern looking, long, narrow building that incorporates a
number of Corbusiers design principals. The building is set on large concrete pilotis
or pillars. It also incorporates a roof garden and sculpture. Although the style is seen
as brutalist, it was Corbusier and his teams intention to create more suitable living accommodations
for people that lived in congested cities. They did this by stacking narrow two story
apartments rather than spreading them out over the landscape. The buildings compact,
lifted form was also seen as opening up the ground plane and providing the residents with
a place of recreation on the roof. So, keep those things in mind as we look to design
our dream home. This is Kelly. Kellys dream home is a house on a cliff overlooking the
ocean in California. She loves modern architecture. Now for purposes of time constraints Im only
going to design a small portion of the house and Im going to do it quickly. So, It goes
without saying that any architect worth their salt should be using a lot more information
& spend a lot more time problem solving than Im sharing with you here. Now, I assumed the
site was narrow because of the scarcity of build able land in say Laguna Beach, CA. In
that case I decided the home would be long and narrow, but tall. Every area has zoning
ordinances that would probably affect the height of this building but Im going to ignore
them for this exercise. The house will be essentially a four-story window that points
directly at the ocean view. Kelly wants to be a counselor so we know there should be
some kind of space dedicated to having discussions and being inspired. A cantilevered deck is
perfect for this. Now, an architect gets all kinds of useful information when interviewing
a client for a job. Kellys favorite building material is stainless steel so I decided to
clad the whole house with it. Kelly also told me she had been born on an Indian reservation
so I added this conical shape to the roof. A reference to the traditional American Indian
tee pee. And there you have it. I put what I know together with the challenge of creating
a dream home. SOME of what I referenced was work by Le Corbusier.
What weve ended up with is a four story building set on pilotis. A home with a roof garden
and roof sculpture that doubles as an observation deck. And finally a long narrow building with
stacked living accommodations and a breathtaking view. All put together, a dream home for Kelly.
So, thanks for checking out how to design like an architect. Im Doug Patt. If you want
me to design your dream home just subscribe to my youtube channel, then send me a message
in the connect with section. If I get enough interest maybe Ill pic you & design your dream
home in an upcoming episode.

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