A few weeks ago, I posted about a house inspired by the movies. Then reality struck and a truth was realized: people enjoy out-of-this-world concepts but opt for practicality.
Building an entirely circular home consumes more space (within a given area), more material and is a challenge to furnish. Taking all this into account, the client, adventurous as he was, went for an option that was rather straight line.
But it was a far cry from boring.
Projections were added, breaks were included and the walls were clad with wooden planks. The well-lit recessed areas enhanced the dramatic effect; the ribbon windows from the original design were retained to maximize views.
All this may be well and good, but the question arises…what about the curve? In the 21st century, we are told time and again to conserve resources; to recycle and reduce wastage. Round buildings seem far too indulgent to do any of the above, but they are oh-so beautiful to look at. The Guggenheim museum in New York is a fine example of a great idea executed brilliantly. It’s designed in a way that makes you feel the space, and get lost in it.
Perhaps that is how any architect would want their work perceived.
But back to the house in D.H.A, Islamabad,Pakistan; can it be built in a way that it still retains the sumptuous curves without the enormous expense?
I suppose a straight-line design with two or three curved walls (in key areas) would have done the trick. Oscar Niemeyer, a famous Brazilian architect, has said that he was attracted to the curve because of the environment he lived in, with its huge mountains and white beaches. Curves are beautiful because they are natural forms, seen in tumbling waves or a person’s smile.
Designing gorgeous buildings that are efficient in their design and functionality is THE ultimate challenge in Pakistan. A challenge that adds a certain spark to architect in Pakistan when addressed directly.