Monday, September 26, 2016

How to Think Like an Architect

Software Developers also have to do things that are similar to architects who design the blueprint for a house. Here is the transcription of the How to Think Like an Architect - The Design Process by Barry Marcus.

I'm an architect who loves to draw. My name is Barry Burkas.
I am in my studio in Santa Barbara and we're going to look at a house that we
designed and tell you how and why we designed the house the way it is
clients came to us and they said we want to build on the beach
we want to build in a place that has great ocean views
we want to build a house that allows us to bring our extended family home but we
want to have a place that's private for them also
so we looked at putting the living kitchen across the back to enjoy the
the library to enjoy the view stairway that went upstairs to the master bedroom
set over the top of the kitchen area and guest room over the living room and a
bridge that connected that and the guests over here and actually another
bridge that connected the guests to their own bedroom suites which were over
the motor court in the front so as you start to this becomes a house
it is a drawing that as you start the sketch you draw a diagram and the
diagram becomes architecture
so what we're looking at once again was the ocean that ran along the area here
we're looking at once again
winds that came from the west side over here sun that came
east and west and we looked at the kitchen being on the morning side of the
house always think about the kitchen
enjoying East light that sun is a wonderful thing to gain in the morning
in the afternoon the warmth in the living room and we looked at the house
as around a courtyard so that if the winds came that we would end up being
able to shelter the people around a fireplace in the courtyard that we came through
from motor court which was
the garages in front
so very simply then this became a living room with a fireplace sitting in the
floor seating areas around the fireplace
the dining room in this area here the kitchen that was back in this side of the
house on the east side with sun coming in in the morning and the idea that the
library on this edge of the house would enjoy the quiet and we could block the
west sun with that but we're watching the beach looking at the surf looking
at a pool that sits in the yard and it became a place that water in an infinity
poured over into the ocean visually and then water in the front
kept the acoustics that went from the noise of the road in this and the train
away from the inners of the house
enter here look to light look to the right
library piano look to the left to the diary room towards the kitchen
views up and down the coast but all houses that we work on began diagrams
that are bubbles then start become a harder line since the form start to come
together and it's an exercise and thinking with the hand and the mind that
will go from just a little bit more detail than this to the computer where it
really becomes an organized piece put together by the designers that are
working with me on
on the house so it all begins as a pattern in a diagram the idea of where
things are and how they interrelate adjacencies and the opportunities of the
Sun in the afternoon the sun of the morning
the views to the water and the idea that the bridge puts together the guests and
the master looking down into the wonderful views of the house the people
that have this house and wonderful clients and it's a house that we are
very very proud of as architects and that I think it's a great reward and
architect can have is a happy client a great building in a place that they want
to go back and visit because of the meaning of the piece of they've designed
in the strength of the architecture

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