Language Of Aesthetics

Commercial Interior Space Designing-II 4(1+3)

Lesson 6:Aesthetics in interiors

Language Of Aesthetics

An architectural language is a vocabulary of forms arranged according to a particular grammar. The particular forms used become the 'words' of the language and how those forms are put together is the 'grammar' of the language.
To the designer, the language of communication of aesthetic is through the expression of style, form, use of colour, texture, light and shadow. Indeed, designers must be aware that no matter what design language is used, key players on the project team must be able to understand and communicate well with each other (visually and verbally) to produce successful solutions to building elements.

Structural building elements for expression of aesthetics are-
Vertical elements:

  • Wall, Arch, Beam, Column, Lintel, Orders
  • Base: Shaft, Capital
  • Openings: Window, Door
Horizontal elements:
  • Plinth
  • Floor
  • Roof


Typically styles are evolved at specific moments in time, in particular geographic locations, and within unique cultural conditions. These have distinctive character for expression or fashion. These vary in terms of context, place and time.
International Style - Baroque, Victorian, Roman, English. Egyptian
Indian Style:, Moghul, Rajasthan, Kerala, Chettinadu

  • Context - Architectural "context" refers to the immediate physical, cultural, and even economic surroundings of a building. "Relating to the context" means fully understanding this existing context and developing a clear strategy for how a new building will relate to these conditions.
  • Place - Every building site is located in a precise geographical place that must be understood at a range of scales—national, regional, local, neighborhood, block, and immediate adjacencies
  • Time - twentieth century emphasis on the unique aspects of a particular time was an explicit rejection of nineteenth century revivals of earlier historic periods and associated stylistic eclecticism
  • Refers to the shape or configuration of a building. Form and its opposite, space, constitute primary elements of architecture.
  • Provides internal sheltered space for human occupation to provide internal sheltered space for human occupation.
  • A number of aspects must be considered in order to analyze or design an architectural form, including shape, mass / size, scale, proportion, rhythm, communication, texture, color, and light, pattern.
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