What are Architectural Diagrams?
Architectural diagrams are effective visual tools for architects that help to communicate complex design ideas in much clearer ways to diverse audiences, be it to your clients, tutors or fellow professionals.
The inclusion of a few simple and catchy diagrams in your presentations or client meetings, can make more of an impact than lengthy paragraphs which may easily be glossed over in situations where time is of the essence.
In this blog post, we will help you get to grips with the world of architecture diagrams. By exploring the various types of diagrams, we aim to equip you with some helpful insights and practical tips that will hopefully inspire you to make your own incredible architectural diagrams.
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What are Architecture Diagrams Used For?
Being incredible visual aids, architecture diagrams can serve numerous uses. They can come in handy when collaborating with others as they provide a platform for brainstorming ideas and finding innovative design solutions to complex problems. They also create great opportunities to gain some valuable feedback.
Architectural diagrams can serve great storytelling purposes. Looking back to ancient cave paintings we can see our earliest ancestors making use of diagrams by etching their narratives into cave walls. Today, many architects and popular firms such as BIG and MVRDV make use of architecture diagrams to construct compelling narratives around their designs.
The following architecture diagrams show the thinking behind the architecture of ‘The Spiral’ building designed by Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG).
We have found another example of how architectural diagrams can be used, by the firm MVRDV, for the presentation of their installation project called Architecture Speaks: The Language of MVRDV.
Despite their 2D nature, architectural diagrams can convey both 2D and 3D dimensions. Additionally they can be used to produce creative hybrid architectural results. There are many ways to do this, one is to create diagrams by experimenting with the style of architectural projection using your software of choice. Nowadays you can even find animated architectural diagrams that are quite captivating and effective.
Since designing a building is an iterative process you may find yourself circling back to your initial diagrammatic sketches and ideas, refining them in order to develop your thinking and perhaps to even generate alternatives.
All in all, understanding the various types of architecture diagrams and what they are used for will greatly help you pick the best ones to enhance your designs. So let’s take a look at the different types of architectural diagrams, next.
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In summary, visualising your concepts through architectural diagrams can help you save a lot of time expressing your complex design thinking and processes to a wide range of audiences. They are simple and easy to understand visual aids that can have stronger impacts when compared to text alone.
Understanding architectural diagrams and knowing how to effectively create, communicate and use them is a crucial skill for both architects and architecture students. They not only help define how you work on your own design process but also act as effective ways to communicate your ideas with others.
We hope this blog post helped you learn more about these awesome visual tools.
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Written by Valanne Fernandes, a Part 1 Architecture graduate. Valanne is a content creator with First In Architecture, spending her time researching, writing and designing inspiring new content for the website.