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# Floor plan vs Elevation

auninja91

When designing do you find yourself thinking more about the floorplan layout (flow of spaces) or facade (Elevations and materials)...I know they both go hand in hand but I was just wondering if anyone focuses on one more during pre design.

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Non Sequitur

Neither.

citizen

Plan, usually-- site, and floor.

randomised

scenario and site

senjohnblutarsky

Most of the major design is worked out in my head.  It's a strange place.

But you should never design in just one plane.  You should be considering the space in all dimensions.

s=r*(theta)

both

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tintt

I use singing. Then I imagine and analyze the imaginary surface echo feedback to determine distances, dimensions, and materiality, like a bat. Then I draw it.

Where's the damn like button on this thing?

chigurh

what is your scientific method tho

tintt

Music is math.

starrchitect

I focus on the section.

Draw in plan (horizontal section) while thinking in (vertical) section. Lots of little sketches in perspective/axonometric to figure out details.
citizen

^ This. My read of the OP's question is how do you start?

On urban sites, starting with property lines, allowable envelope, and access points all happen in plan for me. Sectional thinking had better start pretty quickly, though.

auninja91

oh right access points is a good starting point, thanks!

proto

firmness, commodity & delight (in that order)

while i'd like to pretend it's some sort of wholistic architectural conceptualizing, i work in plan primarily because most of the clients i work for prize value before anything else. So, plan extrusion determines the baseline. If it has elbow room for "delight", then great, but delight often gets VE'ed in favor of maximizing scope.

archiwutm8

3D sketch model and then 3D model, I find it difficult to think in 2D plans, secs and eles.

robertdjone

both

randomised

All of the above

Floor plan for me always. The elevation is the easy part. ;)

lucasmwitajosephat

What is the Differents between floor plan and Eleviation

Non Sequitur

there is none. It's just re-branding to make your drawings appear more intellectual. don't submit to the hype.

tduds

You can find the Elevation by taking the cross product of the Floorplan X Section.

tduds

Architectural drawings are quaternions.

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