Your extension might be the result of years of hard work, fantasising and challenging construction. But it’s still a relatively small project, architecturally speaking. A large scale project might involve drawing up designs for tens or even hundreds of buildings, or drafting an office tower or a new public building. Architects need to be able to employ the same skills used to design your extension, but on a much bigger and more repeatable scale. In this post, we take a look at how architects go about designing for large scale projects.
For architects, it is imperative to understand how to design for large scale projects. It is such an important field that there are specific courses to learn it at universities. Large scale projects require innovation and creativity, due to the budget and scope of constructing either several buildings or one large one.
A large scale project might involve designing houses for a new estate – or several estates – where the materials and method of construction will be the same but a variety of form is required. Thanks to population growth and restrictions on building in certain areas, it’s very important to make these new estates attractive to buyers – making each home as different as reasonably possible is a part of that. An architect needs to be able to stretch a concept without sacrificing theme, always keeping a budget in mind. House building companies won’t be able to afford 100 different designs, but they do want variation. This is the line an architect must tread.
Building a large scale project, particularly a large office block (or even a skyscraper!) may mean using a different set of tools. Nowadays it is also very important to take advantage of advancements in modelling. 3D printing has an increasing role to play in architecture, since it allows for the quick and easy rendering of a model for clients. The price of 3D printing is also low enough that architects can create models for themselves to help visualise the finished product and make changes.
One day it may be the case that projects like housing estates will mean architects designing CAD files first, knowing that large scale 3D printing will be doing the heavy lifting.
The larger the project, the more moving parts it has. This is where work on smaller construction sites or extension work can be invaluable, since it teaches an architect how best to design a structure that can be built within a reasonable timeframe.
Designing buildings requires an qualified architect, regardless of whether it’s a skyscraper or a small extension. The skill of bringing a client’s fantasy to life is used for both, and is something that we pride ourselves on. There’s a number of things to look for in an architect. Before hiring anyone you should do your research and check out any of their previous work. And even if a firm is more used to working on large scale projects, it doesn’t mean they will refuse your interest – or vice versa. Take a look around our site to see our previous work, or give us a call today to find out how we can help you.