Inside out: Why do so many great buildings have drab interiors?

Molloy, Michael P. (2014) Inside out: Why do so many great buildings have drab interiors? The Conversation.

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An extravaganza of shapes now forms our city skylines. CAD and BIM with their inbuilt links to manufacturing and construction processes has made possible this kind of effusive architectural expression, at least externally. Building developers clearly understand the enormous marketing potential for impact expression. The skilled manipulation of 3D CAD software enables architects to achieve usable gross floor space within an enticingly sinuous, but build-able, envelope. This critical factor is resulting in a fundamental change to the appearance of our cities. It has become plausible, at least, to design and build complex and non-repetitive buildings without incurring prohibitive additional labor costs.However The ground level lobby spaces often do manage to retain some of the external. However, the interior working spaces, particularly in commercial office buildings tend to loose this grand gesture.

However - the internal activity - the very reason for the existence of the building – often takes place in monotonous spaces that seem driven predominately by the need to accommodate workstation furniture and functions in dire need of reconsideration.

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ID Code: 94691
Item Type: Other
Refereed: No
Keywords: contemporary commercial architecture, contemporary commercial interiors, Impact of CAD and BIM
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Design
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 [please consult the author]
Deposited On: 11 Apr 2016 00:19
Last Modified: 15 Apr 2016 16:43

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