The best architectural designs match creative design principles with building industry benchmarks. This guide looks at the essentials for your aluminium projects.
The basic guidelines of a building project require that its architectural design is functional, safe, cost-effective to construct and that the building will match and hopefully enhance the purpose for which it was built and the people who will inhabit it.
Throughout the design process, each architect is required to nurture their initial design concept through to its final delivery to the client as a living building in 3D reality.
Throughout the process, it often requires the architect spend a great deal of time explaining his or her conceptual ideas, the architectural design concepts and how it matches the projects budget and the listed project materials, especially if it is a contemporary design which uses the latest construction materials available and is built according to ‘green building’ fabrication principles.
Let’s look at architectural design paradigms more closely:
A conceptual architectural design
The client is usually presented with a physical architectural design rendered on paper or via architectural design software such as Autodesk Revit which represents the initial idea inspired in the architect’s imagination and interpreted into a building model for the client to approve.
It encompasses a detailed scope of work, with calculations and additions from a mechanical engineer, civil engineers and interior design professionals and covers everything from the types of doors and windows used in the building projects to the electrical plan and colour and layout of the kitchen.
Looking at a flat floor plan can make it difficult to envision a 3D building in final completion. This is why it is extremely important that you choose a design professional that inspires you and which you can trust – and someone who is capable of producing a quality rendered modern and eco-efficient architectural design you can understand. You will be working closely with the architect and will need to maintain a clear vision of the end results which can often take months to complete.
The architectural design budget
Your architectural design, whether a Victorian house replica or a contemporary large scale business park, needs to align with your budget. Your budget must also take into account the costs before an architectural plan is drawn up such as purchasing of the land or building site where you intend to construct your design; the costs and time involved in getting plans approved by the correct authorities, as well as the ongoing costs of the lifecycle of the building.
For example, will you need to run air-conditioning units to keep the building cool or will the design integrity and building materials work together in bringing you a building that is well positioned on the site and designed to make the most of the elements such as those in aluminium projects which can render it energy-efficient?
Architectural design planning
With today’s pressures on resources such as energy, water and finite building materials it makes no sense to spend your building budget on an architectural design that doesn’t make use of current energy efficient building materials and practices.
These include particular attention be paid to air sealing and insulation around the doors and windows, the lighting system including the use of natural daylight entering the building, cooling and heating systems, water resources and land use.
Educate yourself as to the best solutions available on the market. Ensure that these can all be effectively incorporated into a modern architectural design that ensures you have an economically built, efficiently run and eco-friendly building approved with green building standards from the very start. You will then continue to benefit from low maintenance, reduced costs, extended lifespan and a healthier building.
For example, take the benefits of using aluminium instead of traditional wooden frames which expand and contract and wear quickly. Aluminium is a highly stable material with no expansion or contraction. This means it won’t swell, split, crack or warp. It also offers added security as there is no beading required, which can make it easy for criminals to remove from ageing window frames. Unlike wooden frames, aluminium won’t need to be sanded and varnished or repainted annually.
When you invest your time and budget in keeping up with the latest building supplies and architectural design solutions you are saving upfront on the longer-term life-cycle costs and buying into efficiency and longevity for your building.
Best suppliers for architectural design implementation
Spend time researching and discussing with your architect, the best suppliers to use to suit your approved architectural design. Most architects use their own network of green building and aluminium suppliers which support their architectural practice in meeting the required green building standards today.
Aluminium is a contemporary building material and is one of the most adaptable materials for producing custom architectural design features. Available in many durable finishes and colour options, it also allows for custom finishes, so you will want to find the right supplier for you who can deliver on your specific quality needs.
Unlike stainless steel, aluminium is extruded from dies, a process that allows for elaborate shapes. For certain applications, it can be left as is for a brushed or raw look or you can apply a durable anodized or powder coated finish for extra protection from the elements or to blend in with the architectural design.
Contemporary materials for the best architectural design
Aluminium stands out as one of the most efficient building materials you can use. It even has its own nickname as ‘gray gold’ or is called a ‘green metal’ due to its green building properties and adaptability to any design situation.
As the second most abundant metal element in the earth after silicon, it is also the world’s second most used metal. This is due to its unique qualities, which inspire designers to create cutting-edge design concepts more suited to today’s future-focused lifestyles.
Project management for your architectural design
Lightweight, malleable, easy to transport and install, aluminium is fundamental to any architectural designs eco and green certification and offers you a low carbon footprint. It is also recyclable, and you will find most project managers are familiar with and happy to work with aluminium materials and projects.
Versatile aluminium caters to all window styles in awning, double hung, sliding and casement frames can fill a more traditional use or match renovations to historic buildings. You can also apply it to custom details in a contemporary setting which highlights the architectural design while at the same time gaining huge efficiencies and savings in building costs, workmanship and a return on your initial investment.
Here is our Architectural Design Brief Checklist that will help you manage your projects more effectively.