Thursday, July 7, 2011

What makes a good architectural design

Factors that determine a good design.
  • Durability – it should stand up robustly and remain in good condition.
  • Utility – it should be useful and function well for the people using it
  • Beauty – it should delight people and raise their spirits.
Building Chosen
A pyramid (from Greek: "πυραμίς" – pyramis[1]) is a structure in which all of the outer surfaces (excluding the base) are triangular and converge at a single point. The base of a pyramid can be trilateral, quadrilateral, or any polygon shape, meaning that a pyramid has at least three triangular surfaces (at least four faces including the base). The square pyramid, with square base and four triangular outer surfaces, is a common version.

The pyramid's structure, with its wide base and a tapered tip allowed ancient civilizations to build a structure with a solid foundation as the structure is heaviest at the bottom and hence allowing the center of gravity to be lower and would hence render the building to be more stable.
The pryamids were once the largest structures on earth. The most famous of pyramids came from egypt, These pyramids were used as burial areas for the pharaohs after their death.

In terms of durability- The great pyramids of giza have lasted Thousands of years only having its outer layer worn off but its general structure stand firm.

In terms of utility- The Pyramid is used as a tomb for the kings of egypt. it serves its purpose of protecting the corpse of the king

Beauty-The pyramid in its prime had a gold covering which would have made it extremely appealing to people.