ASSIGNMENT 4: Post 5 examples of symmetry + Hierarchy + Geometry to your Blog
Using your examples of your building typology find five (5) examples of buildings that have symmetry.
“While an axial condition can exist without a symmetrical condition being simultaneously present, a symmetrical condition cannot exist without implying the existience of an axis or center about which it is structured. An axis is established by two points; a symmetrical condition requires the balanced arrangement of equivalent patterns of form and space about a common line (axis) or point (center).
There are basically two types of symmetry:
Bilateral symmetry refers to the balanced arrangement of equivalent elements about a common axis.
Radial symmetry consists of equivalent elements balanced about two or more axes that interest at a central point.”
– Architecture: Form, Space and Order. FK Ching”
“The principle of hierarchy implies that in most, if not all architectural composition, real differences exist among their forms and spaces. These differences reflect, in a sense, the degree of importance of these forms and spaces and the functional, formal, and symbolic roles they play in their organization.
For a form or space to be articulated as being important or significant to an organization, it must be made visibly unique. This can be achieved by endowing a form or shape with:
– Exceptional size
– A unique shape
– A strategic location”
-Architecture: Form, Space and Order. FK Ching
When showing the hierarchy, it could be shown in plan, section and/or images.
Geometry is an ordering idea. It explores the idea of how pure geometric forms, like a circle, a square a triangle, manipulate space by interlocking.
1. Using your examples of your building typology show the geometry of the form of the (5) examples. The floor plans, elevations and /or sections can be used to break down the design into simple geometric shapes. Is there additive or subtractive pieces? Using overlays break down the design into the simplest geometric shapes.