A well-designed aesthetic building has the ability to inspire and engage us. When you first come upon a magnificent structure like The Shard in London or Gardens by the Bay in Singapore, it is a truly awe-inspiring sight. These buildings appeal to our senses and have a strong emotional impact on us.

Aesthetically pleasing structures have a larger purpose than just looking good. They can transform communities by turning them into cultural destinations. People from all over the world travel to see these sites, boosting the GDP of the country.

Beautiful buildings not only transform the skyline of a city, but also bring about positive changes in the community. People take pride in living in areas with iconic landmarks and pieces of architecture. They want to have access to buildings that look good on the outside and in.

Many of us are inspired by architecture and take an active interest in the structures that surround us. When you’re considering moving to a new neighborhood, the other homes in the area may have as much of an impact on your decision as to the home you’re thinking of buying. Human beings are visual creatures, and we are subconsciously influenced by everything that surrounds us. 

The Evolution Of Aesthetics In Architecture Through Time

Throughout history, buildings have symbolised wealth, status and good taste. Even today, an aesthetically designed building is associated with success. While castles and places of worship were displays of this symbolism in the past, the focus has now shifted to museums and corporate office buildings. 

Castles and places of worship were once considered the symbols of a country, and so many of these buildings became iconic. They were designed to declare and honour the power of the monarch or religion they represented. With the rise of democracy and the merchant class, this power became more spread out. Buildings were seen as visual indicators of one’s status in society and still are to this day. 

Government buildings, houses for the arts, hotels and high-rises are the modern-day equivalents of castles and churches. Materialistic status symbols are everywhere, from corporate offices to large palatial homes. These are the buildings that are most painstakingly designed with a lot of thought put into their aesthetic appeal. The architecture of a place can tell you a lot about what is most valued in society at a certain point in time. 

Better Building Materials Have Changed The Game

The materials we’ve had access to overtime to have had a huge role to play in the structures we build. From sturdy stone fortresses to aesthetically appealing wooden buildings to the brick and mortar constructions we have today, available materials had a crucial impact on the look and feel of buildings through the ages. 

Today, architects and builders have many more high-performance materials to work with. New advances and discoveries are made every day because of which structures that were not possible thirty years ago exist currently. As a result, our skylines are being transformed by radical buildings and undulating skyscrapers that are truly a sight to behold. 

The Role Of Evolving Trends

Trends in design and construction cannot be ignored when designing buildings. Over the ages, the perception of beauty and aesthetic quality in architecture has changed constantly and will continue to evolve. Some buildings do not stand the test of time. While they were once considered pleasing to look at, time has not been kind to them. 

However, there are some universal attributes that continue to be perceived as visually pleasing. Top architects and design firms keep these in mind when designing a project. The materials that are used are of the highest quality and are compatible with the climatic conditions of the area. 

Today there is a move towards building environmentally sustainable structures that do not affect the surrounding ecosystem negatively. More recycled materials are being used and composting systems are being put in place. This is a hopeful sign that skylines of the future will be dotted with buildings that are both aesthetically pleasing and environmentally friendly. 

Final Thoughts

Structures with aesthetic appeal are pleasing to look at and can transform the skyline of a city. Humans tend to place a high emotional value on beautiful structures for a number of reasons. Apart from being purely commerce-driven, there are historical and artistic explanations for why we gravitate towards them. A building that is well designed and built provides visual stimulation and a feeling of comfort. This is why architects place so much emphasis on the design of a structure rather than simply focusing on its utilitarian value. 

Even though we may not be able to live in these beautiful properties, just seeing them as part of our city’s skyline can provide immense joy and satisfaction. These visually appealing buildings allow us to incorporate aesthetics into our everyday lives.

Leonard Ross is an established property developer in Auckland, New Zealand.