If you’ve ever looked at real estate ads, you’ve probably noticed many of the terms below, used by agents to give a description of the homes they are listing. However, not everyone knows what these terms are describing. So in case you aren’t privy to this architectural jargon, here is a little more information about these terms for popular residential architecture styles.
Sustainable architecture is architecture that strives to greatly reduce the negative environmental impact that buildings have on the environment. These buildings do this by using efficient materials, energy, and development space. Sustainable architecture is conscious about preserving energy and it uses an ecological approach to building.
Throughout the years there have been many unusual and unique forms of architecture that are set apart from any other form or style of architecture.
One of these unusual styles is the hobbit house.
You might be thinking, “Hey that isn’t a style of architecture! That is just what Frodo from Lord of the Rings lives in.”
Well, you would be wrong. J.R.R. Tolkien may have thought up the hobbit house for his masterpiece Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit Movie but there are many people who live in a real life hobbit home.
There are so many different styles of architecture. There are old styles, new styles and styles that are a mixture of both old and new.
Understanding the history of certain styles of architecture allows you to see the connections between architecture of the past, architecture of the present and also architecture of the future.
One style of architecture that has influenced buildings that are being created today is postmodern architecture.
Effective communication is essential in many fields, but especially so in architecture. Buildings, unlike things like food, simple crafts, or even clothing, are difficult to significantly alter and are costly to renovate. When an architect creates a final building design for a construction firm, it needs to be what the building’s owner desires. Further, as the building is being built, there may be some last minute changes that need to be made. An architect needs to understand the owner’s desires well enough to make such fast alterations in a satisfactory manner.
Building a new home is usually very exciting. The process of starting from scratch means that architects are able to create custom designs to meet the client’s needs and desires. What distinguishes a new home from a signature home is the personal touch put into the planning process, resulting in a unique structure.
It is increasingly important in the world today for sustainability to be a factor considered across a variety of fields. As the environment shows signs of damage and depletion, and as research suggests that human inventions and lifestyles are furthering this trend, many are advocating for people to use more sustainable practices. In the field of architecture, designing homes and other buildings in order to support sustainable energy usage is increasingly popular.
The US Green Building Council (USGBC) finally announced the latest version of LEED.
It will be called LEED v4. There are certain differences LEED v4 consists of.
Beth Heider, USGBC’s 2012 chair, said “if you create a really tight, energy-efficient building and fill it full of noxious materials, you’ve created the perfect gas chamber.”
So part of the LEED v4 they are requiring better knowledge of the products being used in a building and where these products came from.
Most architecture is done above ground to be glanced at and admired by all. But not all architecture is built for these reasons.
For instance: The Bomb Shelter A bomb shelter is any kind of a civil defense structure designed to provide protection against the effects of a bomb.
According to a fascinating new book by architecture bomb shelters became significantly popular during the Cold War. Americans invested millions of dollars in these nuclear fallout shelters; some 200,000 were built by 1965.
Iranian architecture or more commonly known as Persian architecture is the architecture of contemporary Iran. It was first noted in 5000 BCE and is still in use to this day. It is most popular in Turkey, Iraq, Northern India, Tajikistan, Caucasus and Zanzibar.
Persian buildings have a variety of different forms, from peasant huts to tea houses and garden to pavilions.