spacerAn introduction into Commercial Architecture...

Commercial architecture is the design of buildings and structures for use by businesses. This genre of architecture is focused on combining function with style to meet the needs of a wide range of business types.The impact of commercial architecture can be seen in any major city center, where almost all the buildings are commercial. Architecture is the designing and building of structures designed to provide protection from the elements.

The simplest structural requirements are easily satisfied by building a shelter, but an architect's job is to combine good design elements into a building that meets both current and future needs.

 

Phase 1..

The first part of our process is to meet with the clients and define their needs. The more specific and detailed the requirements, the more accurate the proposal can be. If convenient we would request to meet with people at different levels of the organization to understand how they conduct business, the practical requirements and the company's public image. A look at the corporate image, publications and marketing materials provided by the firm provides a sense of its design tastes and preferences.

A visit with the client to the proposed site location or detailed discussion on the space requirements for the type of building required. Asthetics, a look at the other buildings in the area to get a sense of local style, height, physical presence and use of color. For example, a building designed for a location with a large number of office towers will be very different from one designed for a park-like setting.

 

Phase 2...

Creation of the concept drawings and designs for the client to review. A strong focus on the exterior of the building, main floor and office work spaces. Many commercial architecture firms employ model makers to create a scale model of the design. This process helps the client to visualize the final product. On request, such a model can be constructed, however past esperience has shown preference to 3D computer designs and walkthroughs which give the client a better understanding of what value for money the client is getting.

 

Phase 3...

Once the conceptual design has been approved, the technical and costing aspect of commercial architecture begins. Prepare detailed project plans, time lines, costs and decision points. This project plan forms the basis of the quotation and must be approved by the client before any work can begin.


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