What makes you consider a design beautiful?
A study, carried out in conjunction with European designers, has shown that people are more likely to deem a room beautiful if it has a round style. Many of the most impressive buildings around the globe are focused on, or at least contain, curvy structures. Is it a coincidence we love curvy architecture so much? Hardly so.
The research stated above reached a very important conclusion based on the brain scans of the participants – curved design evokes more emotion than rectilinear design. Emotion is one of the main driving forces behind important decisions (much more important than reason, one might argue). Flowing designs are part of nature, while rectilinear designs are a human creation. Maybe this holds the key to why we need curves to feel happy – it’s our long-lost connection to the world we inhabit and constantly try to subdue.
So, how do you make use of curves in your work? How do you design buildings comparable to Gehry’s Guggenheim Bilbao Museum – a timeless piece of emotive beauty?
In this article we’ve compiled a list of 3 exquisite buildings which use curves to create a memorable flow, as well as ways to use curved glass cladding to your advantage. Use them as inspiration for your next project!
Heydar Aliyev Centre, Baku
Zaha Hadid is one of the architects who used curves to their full potential in her projects. Rebellious in nature, her designs speak with the language of emotion, subtly interpreted in architecture. The Heydar Aliyev Centre houses a gallery, a museum and a conference hall, and is deemed to be the most important tourist magnet in Azerbaijan. The curvy exterior of the building also creates a flowing interior, full of light thanks to the large, strategically positioned windows.
Museum of the Human Body, Montpellier
Designed by BIG, this undulating structure won the international contest for the Cité du Corps Humain in France. The museum will “explore the human body from an artistic, scientific and societal approach through cultural activities, interactive exhibitions, performances and workshops.” Apart from being a marvel in its own right, the building will provide a smooth flow between the cityscape and the surrounding park.
Renovated historical residence, Beijing
Designed by Han Wen-Qiang from ARCHSTUDIO, this beautiful Chinese residence shows a perfect symbiosis of outdoors and indoors. The tiles of the undulating roof flow gently into the courtyard, creating a lit pathway to harmony. It’s not a surprise that this curvy design comes from the East – people there have a long-term connection to nature through various practices (think of Zen gardens). The interior is also using the flow to create a space for a small kitchen.
Using cladding to create an unusual flow
Designing the perfect flow is not an easy task – some say that rectilinear designs stem from the inability of the architect to use curves. While this may be the case in some situations, the constraints materials pose are often a more important roadblock.
Using glass is an elegant solution – apart from being safe and beautiful, glass is also extremely flexible in terms of manufacturing. Curved glass cladding provides an array of opportunities, from being a focal point of the design, to providing a smooth transition between other elements of the facade. Custom cladding panels offer an endless range of possibilities in terms of colours and finishes. You can let loose your imagination and create a design which will translate emotion in architecture.
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