LOFTER GROUP's young and professional architecture team injects creativity into their newly developed projects:
Creative way for Architecture:
The reason most commercial designs are rectangular, or square, is because they are easier, faster and more economical to build out of ordinary materials – stone, concrete, brick or wood. Square and rectangular shapes are also exponentially easier to reconcile, and there’s usually less waste. Altered shapes not only utilize more materials and assets but are more expensive to construct and maintain.
90 degrees angles are very strong structurally, psychologically and spatially. Vertical stacks and vents align better. Roof planes become easier to design. Air circulation and temperature regulation are better controlled. Even electrical lines and water pipes are easier to incorporate.
ARCHITECTURAL ELEMENTS BUILDING STRONG SHAPES
What is the strongest geometric shape? There are several shapes that are used when strength is important. The arc (think: circle) is the strongest structural shape, and in nature, the sphere is the strongest 3-d shape. The reason being is that stress is distributed equally along the arc instead of concentrating at any one point. Storage silos, storage tanks, diving helmets, space helmets, gas tanks, bubbles, planets, etc. use cylinder or sphere shapes -- or both. THE CIRCLE The triangle is the strongest to as it holds it shape and has a base which is very strong a also has a strong support. The triangle is common in all sorts of building supports and trusses. It is strong because the three legs of a triangle define one and only one triangle. If all three sides are made of rigid material, the angles are fixed and cannot get larger or smaller without breaking at the joints, unlike a rectangle, for example, which can turn into a parallelogram and even collapse totally.
Passion of SHAPE
We are fundamentally passionate about creating unique, inviting and functional spaces for end-users through design that reflect the identity, structure and patterns of one’s specific place.
SHAPE Architecture is an award-winning architectural practice of architects and designers located in the heart of Vancouver, British Columbia. The firm was founded on the belief that our work as architects is central to building an engaging, humane and sustainable future.
Great people, big ideas
Exceptional projects result from great people working together.
With our international team, we love bringing our diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives into the design process. We advocate an open and collaborative environment because every voice matters. The pursuit of excellence is the essence of our studio culture as we focus on enriching our communities through the architectural expression of public institutions, housing and larger scale urban mixed-use projects.
Shapes of Architecture - Pyramid
The pyramid has been used since ancient Egyptian and Mesoamerican times, however, in modern times it makes for a unique build – just think of I.M. Pei’s addition to the Louvre in Paris.
The American equivalent is the Memphis Pyramid or the Great American Pyramid. Built in the United States in the late 20th century, it stands out in an urban environment. The structure, now owned by Bass Pro Shops, has a glass façade that makes it look almost futuristic.
The discipline of architecture is currently undergoing a significant change as professional practice and academia seem to be transforming one another specifically through succinct research undertakings. This book continues the discussion started in The Changing Shape of Practice – Integrating Research and Design in Architecture on architectural offices’ modes of research and lines of inquiry in architecture and how it reshapes practice. The book aims to contribute to the mapping and discussion on research in architectural practice and its transformational impact and gives input to the discussions on where the architectural profession is heading.