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Designing For Volume

Architecture is a science and an art of designing living spaces for human habitation. At the most basic, architecture simply dictates the construction needed to achieve safe living quarters. On the high end side of design we often see examples of living space that is not so much functional as it is decorative and aesthetic.

The Science and Art of Architecture
Architects need to know how to design for both of these situations. One of the elements that is a cross between the functional and the form is volume. Volume in architecture is simply building spaces proportional to each other and designing sizing within those spaces that makes sense and flows.

Volume can often make ordinary spaces seem impressive or imposing. On the negative side volume can cause a sense of vertigo or claustrophobia. An example of using volume in a negative way would be a small room with a very high ceiling,  or an elaborate, entryway with a gigantic door leading to a smaller space can by contrast cause the home to feel less spacious.

Be sure when you hire an architect that they understand the principles of making space proportional. The effects of contrast between large and small, tall and short and light and dark can really create a mood for a home. Creating the correct mood is part of the art of architecture, and finding an architectural designer who really appreciates proper volume is a good first step towards building your dream home.


Contact John Anthony Drafting & Design today to learn how we can help add volume to your design.

John Anthony Drafting and Design
17237 N. 29th Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85053
Office: 602-686-0386

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