I woke up this week and realized that it is September. Where did the summer go? I had a great summer, but I must admit the weather left a little to be desired. The fam and I did a lot of fun things (baseball games, festivals, playing in the park), we were busy at the office (thanks to our great clients), and I spent a lot of time doing watersports with my grandchildren (I lived to tell about it). Even though I experienced it and enjoyed it I have to stop and think why it was a good summer. It is kind of like experiencing a good building, you don’t always know why you like it you just know you do.
Dan Gagen, our senior designer at PDMi, reminds me often that a well-designed building is pleasing to a person as experienced from three vantage points.
- Street Scale: This is where you are driving down the road at 55 MPH and you see the building. At that point you are experiencing the Massing / Colors / Proportions of the building.
- Parking Lot Scale: This is where you are still in your car and are entering the parking lot. At that point you are experiencing the Textures / Scale of the building elements / Landscaping & Signage of the building.
- People Scale: This is where you are walking up to the building. At this point you are experiencing the Details of the building elements / Entry Statement / Warmth of the space.
If all three are designed well and fitted together correctly you will love the building, but may never know why, and that is an architect’s goal. A sign of a great building is one that you like being in, but does not over power you. Like a good summer – you want to enjoy it and not have to think about it.
We would love the opportunity of designing your next building so that you, and the many that will come through its doors, can enjoy it. I look forward to your call…