detail, detailing, geometry, door handles, Edward Ford, Carlo Scarpa, pavilion, India, Venice
Architecture is understood as a product of its details. It is inseparable from its components and the characteristic ways in which they are assembled. The scalar and material consistency of the components is important as to how architecture is read. In this regard, the best detailing is one where each part has the same language and character as the whole as detailing is about the construction of a part to whole relationship. To construct this argument, this thesis looks at Edward Ford’s “55 Door Handles, or What is a Detail?” and the four schools of thought about the relationship of the door handle to the building: consistent detail, cloning detail, autonomous detail and non-detail. Consistent detailing is the best kind of detail as it expresses formal and conceptual unity. It is important to understand that Hindu temple architecture is derived from the geometry of squares and circles. As geometry is cross-cultural, the Giardini in Venice provides for an interesting global setting for a regional project. Therefore, this thesis proposes designing a pavilion for India in Venice reinforcing the notion that architecture is a product of its details.
Kadam, Rajkumar, "Details Matter: Architecture is Understood as a Sum of Its Details" (2016). Architecture Thesis Prep. 351.
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