Architecture, some say, is the greatest art form of all, because it combines so many artistic platforms and creates magnificent structures, which, often, reach for the sky. At the same time, many architects struggle to make a living in Australia, as property developers and home owners opt for cheap generic house designs knocked up by draftsmen.  Art can be a dirty word in the economically constrained realm they call the real world. There is, however, a trend toward holistic architectural design, which incorporates orientation, locale and climate when formulating design ideas. These new building designs produce more energy efficient housing for sustainable living.

Bad Old Days of Architectural Design

The bad old days of architectural design were a case of plonking an architect/client’s vision down wherever the land was. These buildings were divorced from the reality of their place, position and environment. Architectural design reflected cultural infatuations with classical periods from the past, as with the European colonial architecture, complete with Vitruvian elements, being plonked down in Australian cities, in Jamaica, in Bombay, and throughout these colonial empires. What remains are buildings entirely unsuited to the climates they inhabit. Houses and their rooms facing in the wrong directions, windows inappropriate for the climate and light, and a myriad of design failings across the board.

More Architects are Looking to the Environment

Today, more architects are looking to the environments and aesthetics inherent within the places they are commissioned to create designs, for ideas about the structures they will build. Architectural insights into effective kitchen renovations can be drawn from geography, climate and culture. The materials used in benchtops and cabinets can be sourced from local supplies and resources. Windows and doors are orientated toward climatically favoured directions in accordance with optimal chronological utilisation of the space. Architects are thinking about harmonising with nature, rather than riding roughshod over it, as they did in the past.

A Deep Respect for Environment

These days, designers cater for Sydney tastes in a multitude of ways, depending upon location and orientation. Holistic architectural design marries aesthetic vision, functional requirements, with place, position, climate and orientation. This new harmonious application of design principles, also, incorporates ethical considerations into the total equation. Human beings cannot go on ignoring their place in the overall ecology of planet earth. Houses and buildings must be built in accordance with a deep respect for everything going on around them. Architecture cannot live inside a bubble.