Form and function can go together

by Stijlgroep on 11/08/2011

Gods Abacus
Sometimes it seemed to be that is doesn’t matter how urban spaces does look alike, but it they have to be functional and the space should be used as efficient as possible. This last one is probably the main reason why it is made like this… (check the title!)
But I hope there are more designers and also more clients, who pay more attention to the aesthetic and asses efficiency not as the first goal to achieve.

Sure as designers we have to be aware of the functional aspect of a space and need to consider that we are not designing for the sake of a design. The German designer school Bauhaus took a clear stand in this discussion which has been their manifest ever since: FORM follows FUNCTION. Obviously they do estimate function higher then design, but form (which equals aesthetic appearance) is still an important part of the design process. If you ever sat on a curved bench which does look amazing but has the no comfort at all, you understand very easily the thoughts of the Bauhaus regarding functionality.

And to be honest the designs of Bauhaus are amazing, at least I do just love the simple and rectangular designs…

A few years ago we designed a couple of parking spaces; ok in a smaller scale than this but still! And we have made it not only efficient but also enjoyable to look at!
The parking area of shopping centre Dronten, office building Start in Gouda, near the station of Heemstede, at Delta Psychiatric Centre in Albrandswaard and recently the parking in front of the Rotterdam University…

Stijlgroep | Rotterdam University

Stijlgroep | Dronten

Stijlgroep | Dronten

Stijlgroep | Dronten

Stijlgroep | Dronten

Stijlgroep | Delta Psychiatric Center

Stijlgroep | Delta Psychiatric Center

Stijlgroep | Start Gouda
And these projects make one thing clear: FORM and FUNCTION can go together!
It’s to bad that often the efficiency prevails, but nevertheless we are making it beautiful as well!

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