Scale in Architecture

What has caught your attention lately? With information overload from journals, books, blogs and social media, it can get challenging to filter objects of our interest. It gets easier when something catches your eye, jumps out at you. Personal preferences and subjectivity of design cause the variation in what one might find to be ‘successful’ architecture. The question of purpose of architecture and how the buildings serve the people and communities eventually drive the success as we delve deeper into the varied approaches to design and construction. But there is something to be said of that one moment when something jumps at you as an outstanding project, a force that begs your attention following that love at first sight.

I fall in love almost every day. I am sure a lot of us do without always realizing it. Our “type” may be different, but we are all lovers of architecture for sticking to the profession through thick and thin. What defines your type? Do you have a type? Does size really matter?

As we pose the question of what catches one’s attention, the scale of projects may range from cities, urban parks, central business districts, high rises, mixed-use complexes, corporate or commercial buildings, and residential neighborhoods to single family homes. I shuffled through the recent history of my tumblr blog in pursuit of what caught my eye in the year 2011. I was surprised to see a pattern in the scale of the projects that intrigued me. They are little jewels, either set within nature or have a strong tie with landscape whence it is difficult to define whether it is architecture or landscape architecture. My words may not do the justice, so to be concise I will get right into my choicest projects and urge you to check them out. You might find yourself as much in love as me!

Roadside Reststop Akkarvikodden Lofoten, Norway By Manthey Kula Architects (via designboom.com)Roadside Reststop Akkarvikodden Lofoten, Norway By Manthey Kula Architects (via designboom.com)Roadside Reststop Akkarvikodden Lofoten, Norway By Manthey Kula Architects (via designboom.com)ar05.jpg

Waldseilgarten Mountain Resort Pfronten, Bavaria in Germany (via gizmag.com)Waldseilgarten Mountain Resort Pfronten, Bavaria in Germany (via gizmag.com)Waldseilgarten Mountain Resort Pfronten, Bavaria in Germany (via gizmag.com)portaledge-3.jpg

 Ornithological Observatory Logroño, Spain By Manuel Fonseca Gallego (via landezine.com)Ornithological Observatory Logroño, Spain By Manuel Fonseca Gallego (via landezine.com)Ornithological Observatory Logroño, Spain By Manuel Fonseca Gallego (via landezine.com)Ornithological Observatory Logroño, Spain By Manuel Fonseca Gallego (via landezine.com)

Banyan Drive Treehouse Los Angeles, CA By Rockefeller Partners Architects (via architecture4us.com)Banyan Drive Treehouse Los Angeles, CA By Rockefeller Partners Architects (via architecture4us.com)Banyan Drive Treehouse Los Angeles, CA By Rockefeller Partners Architects (via architecture4us.com)

 Marilyn Moyer Meditation Chapel Portland, OR By EVA Architecture (via evapdx.com)Marilyn Moyer Meditation Chapel Portland, OR By EVA Architecture (via evapdx.com)Marilyn Moyer Meditation Chapel Portland, OR By EVA Architecture (via evapdx.com)Marilyn Moyer Meditation Chapel Portland, OR By EVA Architecture (via evapdx.com)

Sunken Pedestrian Bridge Netherlands By RO & AD ArchitectsSunken Pedestrian Bridge Netherlands By RO & AD Architects

Seljord Lookout Points Bjørgeøyan, Seljord, Norway By Rintala Eggertsson Architects (via architizer.com)Seljord Lookout Points Bjørgeøyan, Seljord, Norway By Rintala Eggertsson Architects (via architizer.com)Seljord Lookout Points Bjørgeøyan, Seljord, Norway By Rintala Eggertsson Architects (via architizer.com)Seljord Lookout Points Bjørgeøyan, Seljord, Norway By Rintala Eggertsson Architects (via architizer.com)

Rollercoaster Beijing, China By Interval Architects (via architizer.com)Rollercoaster Beijing, China By Interval Architects (via architizer.com)Rollercoaster Beijing, China By Interval Architects (via architizer.com)

National Museum of the Marine Corps Quantico, Virginia By Fentress Architects (via archdaily.com)National Museum of the Marine Corps Quantico, Virginia By Fentress Architects (via archdaily.com)National Museum of the Marine Corps Quantico, Virginia By Fentress Architects (via archdaily.com)National Museum of the Marine Corps Quantico, Virginia By Fentress Architects (via archdaily.com)

mark dorf: environmental occupations (via designboom.com)mark dorf: environmental occupations (via designboom.com)mark dorf: environmental occupations (via designboom.com)mark dorf: environmental occupations (via designboom.com)

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