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Perspective Architecture

As we discussed in the last article of this series, our perception of reality is shaped by how we perceive things around us and what information we are given.

We tend to make assumptions about situations that do not match the facts, and come to conclusions that are influenced by who we are looking at, what they mean to gain from creating these perceptions, and if they are connected to someone else.

This effect is very powerful as it can influence how you feel about someone or something for no reason other than who they are or what they represent. It also goes both ways, so don’t assume anything!

In professional settings, where power dynamics are important, these perception biases can have serious consequences.

It is extremely difficult to achieve true collaboration when there is an underlying tension. On top of that, when people think negatively of each other it becomes much harder to motivate them to contribute and help each other succeed.

By being aware of these perceptual tendencies, you will be better able to mitigate their negative effects and promote effective collaborations and communication.

In this article we will discuss some common architectural perspectives and why they exist. Then, we will apply this knowledge to create a new perspective and see the building from the roof next time you walk past it.

Keep reading to learn more about this topic and explore additional applications in relation to business, architecture, and personal relationships.

Examples of perspective architecture

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Perspectives are an integral part of architectural design, making use of different angles to give you new perspectives of your surroundings or a way in-or out of a building.

Perspective is most famously used in looking at buildings as they relate to each other around a park or square. The Empire State Building looks tall because it’s high up, not due to how tall it is compared to other skyscrapers (it is actually shorter than its neighboring skyscraper).

In fact, it was designed with a slight inward curve which makes it look taller. This effect is called “reflection” since the shape resembles when light rays are reflected back towards the source.

Other examples of using perspective in architecture include designing roofs that slope down toward the street, giving people a clear view from outside to what goes on inside. Or creating arches for entryways into a space so people have direct access through the building.

Organization is important in perspective architecture

As mentioned before, perspective can be used to give your home or office space that sense of depth. This could be using vertical partitions as shown here, tall windows or walls, or a combination of both.

Using this technique, what you see changes depending on where you are in the room or house. For example, if you were at one end of a large open area, then close the door and window at the other end, you will notice how much less spacious the room feels.

In order to keep things feeling balanced and meaningful, we must organize and neutralize space. The more organized an environment is, the easier it becomes to understand its structure and size. It also helps create flow, which was discussed earlier.

Overall, having a good amount of perspectives in your home or work place is very helpful for creating intimacy, balance, and unity.

The view should always be the focus

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A perspective view is one that cuts off part of your image to create an effect. It usually comes down to whether you feel it adds value to your picture or if it seems too done-y.

A perspective view takes away parts of your photo, cutting out foreground elements like people or things and replacing them with something else. This shifts our perception of the rest of the shot because we are no longer looking at what is in its full form, but rather what is missing.

For example, take a look at the following photograph.

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As you can see, there is a person walking towards the camera here. Their hands are up as they walk forward, so this creates a sense of urgency for their movement. But when the viewer looks beyond the depth of field, there is nothing but white space.

It is very dramatic and interesting to use a perspective cut to add emphasis to another element in the frame.

Use pattern libraries

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A pattern library is an organized collection of patterns or styles that you can use to create your own design looks or update existing designs.

Most style designers have their own personal pattern library where they organize their favorite patterns into categories or areas such as floral, geometric shapes, colors, and textures.

By having a well-organized pattern library, you will be able to quickly access each pattern and understand how to adapt them for your project.

There are many free source pattern library apps available online that can help you get started. Some of the most popular include Google’s Material Design Gallery, Subtle Patterns, and MOOVEDIA.

They all offer users a way to contribute new patterns and organize them by color scheme, type of material (textural, textile, etc.), and setting. This allows for easy searchability and editing of the patterns!

Once you find a good starting place, you can begin mixing and matching from there.

Make use of the environment

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A way to apply perspective in architecture is by making use of the surrounding environments or features of the building you are designing. For example, if your design space includes an outdoor patio or terrace, add some depth to your interior spaces to give the illusion that there’s more room.

By creating this sense of depth, the viewer is forced to think about how much space they have when they view the house, which can create feelings of calmness and relaxation.

This effect can be used as either foreground, middle ground or background elements depending on the needs of the project.

For instance, if your design calls for greater intimacy, then using the garden as a backdrop would work well. If it requires wider views, then using the ocean as a frame would fit the bill.

Conversational furniture like sofas and armchairs allow for intimate conversations, while coffee tables and side trunks promote group activities such as reading or games.

A common type of furniture with lots of variations is the table. Tables typically consist of two legs that extend up towards a top surface, but some only have one leg!

These types of furniture reduce the feeling of openness, which may not be what you want for your home. There are ways to use tables effectively though, just make sure they match your style first!

Another important feature of buildings is their roof.

Organization is important in perspective architecture

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As mentioned before, one of the most fundamental concepts in architectural theory is the idea of perspective. This concept comes from ancient Greece where they would compare how things look at a close distance to how they look when you are far away.

In our daily lives, we use this principle every day. For example, if you’re standing somewhere with a lot around you, then everything seems to fade into the background as you focus more on what you want to see directly ahead.

As you get closer to something, it becomes bigger and higher up until you reach a point where it just about disappears. At that point, your eye is fully focused on it and you can appreciate it completely.

This analogy applies to many different areas of life. When you live in an apartment, for instance, you learn how to manage your space depending on whether you have people or not.

When there aren’t very many people, then using common sense will help you figure out how to best organize and utilize your living space. But once people start coming over, all sorts of new possibilities arise!

That’s why it’s so hard to find good tips for organizing after people move in – because everyone’s situation is unique. What works for someone else might not work for you though. So here are some easy ways to organize after moving in with kids.

Examples of perspective architecture

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Recent examples of perspective architectural styles include the work of architects such as Frank Lloyd Wright, Ai Weiwei, and Charles Moore.

Wright designed buildings that use his trademarked term “organic” to describe how their roofs grow with height. His designs look very dramatic due to this effect he created.

Ai Weiwei built many sculptures and public art pieces in China and around the world that feature his famous boldface style. This includes large-scale works like his 2014 sculpture in Berlin called _Sunflower_.

Charles Moore is known for designing minimalist logos and typefaces. Many people recognize his well-known font, Helvetica.

All three of these designers incorporated strong vertical lines into their work to give it depth. They also used simple shapes or silhouettes, which makes their creations more striking. These features contribute to the perception of depth.

3D models

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A three-dimensional (3D) model is an efficient way to visualize and conceptualize space. You can create your own by using Adobe Photoshop or another similar software program. By creating your own, you get full control over how yours look!

Most architects use computer-aided drafting (CAD) tools to make three dimensional (3D) diagrams of buildings. These diagrams are very detailed and complex, which helps in understanding spatial relationships better.

Software programs such as Autodesk Inventor allow you to import various files that have been designed with CAD. You can then take these designs and edit them as needed before exporting back into the software for use.

Architects also design their concepts in a flat 2D fashion first, but once again, they must learn how to navigate through the different software packages to do so.

Once this process has been mastered, the architect can move onto designing the third dimension. This includes colors, textures, and shapes for the building being modeled and drawn.

These types of decorations and features add depth to the concept, helping to give it more significance. They also help convey messages about what the building is like and what it represents.

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