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Lagos Most Beautiful Building – Kingsway Tower

On my last visit to Lagos, Nigeria, I came across what I would call the most beautiful building in Lagos. It is located at Alfred Rewane Street, Ikoyi. It is popularly called the Kingsway Tower. While approaching the building through the popular Falomo Bridge, I was greeted by its large curvilinear, intricately detailed shading device suspended on its curtain walls…

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How To Avoid Recycled Architectural Designs

In this article, I’ll be talking about recycled and custom-made designs in architecture. I’ll also be discussing the causes of this practice and whether architects should engage in them. Furthermore, I will examine its consequences to both architects and clients. My experience I was with a client who insisted I undertake a design for a particular fee. He even mentioned…

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What Is Architectural Concept in Design.

Concept as a word or an idea goes beyond architecture and is applicable to every creative venture in life. Concept simply means a guiding principle or the basic idea. It has been used in architecture to birth very original works by great architects. Concept generation is one of the stages of architectural design. Very often, I entertain architecture students in my…

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Should Students of Architecture be Burdened with Financial Implications of Design

I had an interesting conversation with a QS colleague of mine. We were discussing about Architects not taking cost into consideration when designing.  Also how this can impact project cost. I asked him if he though students of architecture should be made conscious of design financial implication. Do architects really prioritize design (aesthetics and function) over cost? Few days after…

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What’s Your Architectural Style.

Architectural style may vary and be a distinct and noticeable features that make buildings and structures notable and historically identifiable. Normally with time and consistency most architects discover and develop their architectural styles. Architectural styles varies with periods and locations. Some styles are more common in certain countries than others. In Nigeria where I practice, the common style for residential…

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Reasons why Architects can’t Design for Self

Most architects are experts in designing for others but when it comes to designing for themselves, they mostly find it difficult arriving at a final design. This doesn't only affect architects but also engineers, graphic artist etc. What may be the reasons Architects can't Design for Self? Reasons why architects can't design for self. Designing for self can be an endless…

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How to design like an architect.

The basic purpose of design is to decide upon the look and functioning of products (in this case buildings) but design like an architect isn't as straight forward as mathematics where the end is certain as long as you follow laid down formula and steps. Therefore how do architects design? Before we start, the focus of this article is on 'how to…

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Highs And Lows Of Architectural Design

While pondering on the emotional highs and lows of architectural design, I couldn't help but agree that designs can sometimes be depressing. It can also be mind troubling, especially when you insist on all your ideas being unique, iconic or out of the box. Designing is a process and hopefully a cycle. It starts from the brief through to your…

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Architectural Design Process for Students

In a conversion with a 200 Level student of architecture at my University today, I could see his enthusiasm to commence studio design even without knowing the architectural design process. It was his maiden studio work. Like I have observed among several of them, they were all fast to skip the proper articulation and documentation of the architectural design process.…

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