The exterior of a building called the “Facade” captures both visual charm and utilitarian aspects. It acts as the outward expression of a building, showcasing the architect's concept and the building's intended use. The process of transforming an idea into a remarkable facade is a precise and multifaceted design journey. Keeping up with the context, Ar. Robin Sisodiya, Founder and Principal Architect of ASRO Arcade India delves into the evolution process of facades that contribute to transforming a concept into a tangible reality.
Ideation and Contextual Integration
Every architectural design begins with a spark of inspiration that involves research, brainstorming, and exploration of various designs. Architects collaborate closely with clients to understand the purpose and impact of the facade which helps them to define the overall theme for design. Furthermore, a successful facade harmonizes with its surroundings. Site study and contextual integration aids in making decisions about materials, colors, and forms that resonate with the environment. The resulting design should not only stand out but also seamlessly integrate with its surroundings.
Digital Visualization and Material Selection
Over the years, advancements in architectural technology have revolutionized the design process. Architects employ digital tools to create 3D models, enabling them to visualize the facade from various angles and under different lighting conditions. These digital prototypes provide an accurate representation of the final design and allow for adjustments before actual construction begins. The next step toward tangible reality lies in appropriate material selection and analysis. The choice of materials greatly influences both the visual appeal and functionality of a facade hence factors like durability, maintenance, and sustainability must be considered. Additionally, advanced software tools assist in simulating how different materials will interact with environmental conditions, ensuring the facade's long-term viability.
Design Development and Approvals
The subsequent phase in the evolution process is to curate detailed drawings and specifications while collaborating with structural engineers to ensure the facade's structural integrity and safety. Additionally, architects work closely with mechanical engineers to integrate systems like ventilation, lighting, and sun shading into the facade's design, enhancing its overall performance. Diverging from conventional approvals, facade design necessitates requisite permissions and endorsements from relevant authorities, underscoring the dual imperatives of design safety and accessibility.
Construction and Quality Check
The facade design process drives the construction phase with precise fabrication methods to ensure accurate translation of design into reality. It is necessary to collaborate between architects and contractors to ensure desired aesthetic and functional outcomes. As components of the facade are assembled, quality control becomes paramount. Rigorous testing is conducted to evaluate factors such as water penetration, air leakage, and thermal performance.
Installation and Post-Construction Evaluation
The final step towards reality includes the meticulous installation of the facade. The assembly of all constituent elements is executed with precision and orchestrated to harmonize seamlessly with the architect's overarching vision. Even after the facade is successfully installed, the design process continues as post-construction evaluations help architects assess the actual performance of the facade against the projected outcomes. Any deviations or issues that arise are documented, and solutions are devised to rectify them.
The evolution process from concept to tangible reality is a dynamic and intricate process that spans various disciplines and stages. Robin Sisodiya with his team at ASRO Arcade India blend creativity, technology, and functional considerations to create facades that not only captivate the eye but also withstand the test of time. From the initial spark of inspiration to the final touch of craftsmanship, each phase plays a pivotal role for ASRO Arcase in shaping the facade into a true architectural marvel.