Inspiration is everywhere especially in some of the images and objects we see and use on a regular basis. Architects and graphic designers use numbers as a way to determine correct angles and proper dimensions. This unit of measurement can be used as both the tool and the inspiration behind the formulation of the creation.
As an artist and engineer, our eyes naturally see the symbols surrounding us, often times, people are unaware or uninterested in noticing the basic shapes and lines that make up our world, especially our man-made works.
Below are a few examples of the way the numbers 1 to 9 influence architecture.
The number 1 – Catholic Cathedrals, Victorian Architecture, Gothic Architecture, Obelisks
The number 2 – Mughal Architecture like Mosques and Palaces in Persian design, Churches, Baroque architecture
The number 3 – Bridges and Arches in Romanesque architecture
The number 4 – Bridges, Towers, Infrastructure
Eiffel Tower Paris, France
The number 5 – Bridges, Monuments, Houses, Cantilevers, Mid Century Modern, Brutalism Architecture
The number 6 – Geodesic Domes with awning covers and extended front entrances, Country and Colonial Southern with rounded wrap-around porches, roofs and awnings
The number 7 – Pyramids, Temples, Bridges, Cantilever Designs, Mid Century Modern, Brutalism, Contemporary and Futurism architecture
The number 8 – Multi-level, multi-room geodesic domes, Cathedrals and mosques in Mughal and Baroque architecture
The number 9 – Multi-level home with geodesic dome upper level, Geodesic domes with basements, Mughal architecture, Contemporary and modern architecture
The numbers serve as an excellent foundation in architectural design from their infrastructure to their facades, so bust out your ruler and use your imagination!