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The exterior of your building is probably the first thing that comes to mind when imagining the finished project, with a reason. It is the aspect that is the most ‘iconic’ and representative of the whole project, giving it identity that we’ll likely not forget. The project will also be judged by how successfully it managed to integrate itself in the environment, whether it’s an extensive garden on the private plot, or a streetscape where other buildings also come into play. Finally, it will be representative of you, as a client or developer, as, whether we like it or not, the first level on which the people will judge the project is its exterior.
Therefore the architect has a lot of important design decision to make in accordance with the client, because all the functionality imperatives previously set in the planning stage will now also have to look beautiful from the outside, even unique. This is where architects really make it or break it, as their talent comes out in full display. Proportions, roof type and pitch, composition of window and door openings—these are just some of a number of such design decisions where functionality and aesthetics intersect, hopefully resulting in an overall pleasing and elegant structure.
The rendering of your exterior is one of the most significant stages of the project, not only because of the looks, but primarily due to its exposition to natural elements. Therefore it is your first protection against local weather extremities, even in relatively temperate climates such as Southern California. For example, the local annual rainfall patterns might allow for more bold roof design solutions, maybe turning it into a usable terrace or a view deck, while in some other locations such design would prove not to be so practical. You want to think the same way when it comes to the wall rendering—it should perfectly respond to the local climate, minimizing the long-term maintenance costs.
Finally, exterior is where plants can come into play. Even when there is no room for landscape architecture, individual plants, such as various types of wall climbing vines, can bring the natural element to the project.