Modern architecture has seen rise to a large number of specialised services and finishes to what used to be basic building methods. With minimalistic design booming a break from traditional styles has broadened the options for property owners to design and finish homes and offices. With this expansion of styles many more manufacturers and aesthetics suppliers have grown from small to medium businesses to keep up with demand.
Glass suppliers for example, have seen unprecedented growth over thy last 20 years as technology to strengthen glass has advanced to a point where many large buildings can be constructed from this medium. Builders utilising glass forms may be doing out of functionality for instance, an ocean view or river view or to convey a meaning, a glass building for example, shows transparency and honesty.
The interior of the building is as much a design feature as the exterior. Open spaces, beams, walls, staircases and floors are all typically used to exaggerate particular architectural flairs. Interior feature such as supporting beams have moved from functional support pillars that were once hidden from view, to items of aesthetic appease. Choice of wooden beams for a homelier feel or steel beams for a more industrial or modern look, both feature well in recent design trends.
Similarly, flooring options that move away from carpet and tile, which can age and reflect an outdated look quickly are being replaced with marble finished or polished concrete flooring options. Not only are these options more aesthetically appealing they are lower maintenance and much more durable.
Other interior items like fixtures and furniture both place the final touches on the entire project and sometimes form more of the conscious appeal to a building. The style of fixtures whether they be wood, glass, metal or brass, all have a part to play in developing the special and functional utility of the building.
Each of these items must be integrated together to bring about the final look of the property. As such, the architect who is making the bulk of the aesthetic decisions must work well with client, builders, contractors and tradesmen completing the services if they are to best complete the project as per scope. If certain functional limitations are reached, the contractors need to be in full communication with the architects so that decisions made do not impede on design features.
An integrated approach is one that intertwines everyone from the service providers to the original design architects in such a way that the goals of the project are not lost in translation and the client is happy with the end result.
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