While the world thrills with some or other form of great architecture, a question that sometimes captures our psyche is that; what are the elements which take an architecture from better to the best. These are the intangible elements unlike the brick, cement and other building materials. Which no doubt gives architecture the much needed framework but the intangible elements sprinkle life and character in it. The earth is based upon Pancha Mahabhuta (5 great elements): bhumi, ap, tejas, vayu and vyom, Similarly great architecture also emerges when these 5 elements are right in place: space, location, light, colour, and style.
1-Space-Space can be the ultimate luxury when used correctly. As a subject, Architecture says that the key of it is to use the right amount of space permitting easy activity inside a structure and at the same time balance aesthetic. If architecture is the body then space is its mouth, architecture is expressed through spaces (both exterior and interior).It has connections and boundaries that takes up an unused space and give it a whole new life and shape. What we construct is just the physical entity as wall, boundaries, floor, and doors, but the element that is born out of this process is space.
2-Location-A great architecture is very much dependent upon an attractive location. If you take the world famous architectures around you, they all have an even attractive location where they are placed. From the old age grandiose to the fort palaces to the lavish royal livings and the villas, mansions in the contemporary time, their locations have immediately fascinated the viewer’s sight. Location means not just from the aesthetics point of view but also from a convenience angle as well. A good location in your list and half of your job is sorted!
3-Light-Light has an immense role to highlight or deepen spaces in an architecture. Light draws attention to intricate detailing of spaces, it emphasizes the objects, and the most important factor of light is that it has a strong psychological and physiological impact on our psyche. Built structures are heavily influenced by the forces of nature like light. They breathe life into an empty space and give new dimensions to the architectures.
4-Colour-Colour plays a pivotal role in our perception of architecture. If it is monochrome or fluorescent, it always influences our sense of space and mood. The association of colour and architecture is quite intricate. The innate sense of having a colour psychology is a mandatory skill for any interior designing person. Depending upon the choices of colours one can accentuate or moderate the colours. When same colour is painted on different textures it gives a visible difference. Similarly, a lighter colour enhances the space while the darker colour creates a boundary. The knowledge of these intangible but most effectual facts can actually bring a simple architecture to its next level.
5-Style-Architecture and style have an age old relation. Style is the language through which architecture speaks to us. The design ideologies are physically represented by style. The styles can vary from regional architecture to classical revivalism to varied schools of architecture. Over the time, in the name of style, architecture has really evolved from primitive to contemporary, of course for the good.