Solids and Cavities

Just by looking at a particular illustration from the movie, it can remind us of the whole movie. This is because of our long term memory. In architecture, this particular pattern or practice is known as STYLE.

So in the chapter
In architecture, solids and cavities can be successful in style creation. It is important to study Architecture in terms of solids and cavities. The basic notion of positives and negatives spaces tends to gain a better understanding.

Pagoda, Stupa, Islamic dome
In the first example, the pagoda style, due to its roof, it has its own significance in the region of China while stupa has its own importance in India. On the other hand, Islamic style also determines the importance of the ogee dome.

ON MACRO LEVEL- The solid mass of taj mahal stands out because of the gardens (voids) in its periphery.
ON THE MICRO LEVEL- Form follows the principle of subtraction with the formation of various niches in its massive facade.

Similar pattern is followed in the Mysore Palace, Karnataka.

Mr. Eiler says “Addressing a structure in a human form makes it easier for the observer to experience its architecture”
We applied this to contemporary examples and personified cars with their parts depicting human expressions, and expressions depicting their behaviour.

Here the two structures, the stadium and the wada house with courtyard differ from each other. In the user interference of that space and its spatial volume.
The similarity is that they form a huge void surrounded by a solid, a subtraction of mass from a whole.
So our take from the concept of solids and cavities are,
1. Memory value
An architectural style defined by its aspects creates an impact in permanent memory.

2. Visual impact
Style creation is an output of permanent memory and visual impact.

3. Knowledge and understanding.
Human perspective moulds architectural style.

4. Recreating visuals.
Observer’s susceptibility, mentality, environment and education affects the way of recreating and abstracting.

In the continuation the concept of solids and cavities is characterized by

1. Figure and Ground
To differentiate various shapes in a design from its background.

2. Permeability
Architecture of subtraction to enhance light and shadow play.

3. Directionality
Solids and cavities in the case cityscape direct the eye in a specific direction of the cavity.

The structure develops the functionality in terms of open and closed spaces.

Le Corbusier quotes, “Architecture is the learned game, correct and magnificent, of forms assembled in the manners.”

Bhoomika Chaudhari
Rashmita Dake
Soham Dhanokar
Vaishnavi Gurnalkar
Vaibhavi Khedkar
Nidhi Khot
Shweta Utekar