Wojciech Odrobina – Technology in Architecture

Wojciech Odrobina, the renowned architect, tells us a bit more about the technology that we have available today in the construction industry and they facilitate architecture in an incredible way.

The technology that is available today in the construction industry has managed to reduce construction times, through structures and materials that allow building with speed.

Wojciech Odrobina - Architect
Wojciech Odrobina – Architect

Architecture has always been defined by the technology available at the time, from the simplest, empirically built with the elements available in a rural area, to the skyscrapers that change the structure of the most famous cities, thanks to technological advances and man’s creativity, achieving buildings of inconceivable proportions in the past, such as the Burj Khalifa, with its 828 meters high. But never, at any time in history, has architecture been governed as it is today by technology.

Technological advances not only allow us to make large buildings or structures, or obtain a better urban design, now that “sustainable” projects are in fashion.

Wojciech Odrobina – The technology that has been developed today and that is available in the construction industry, has managed to reduce construction times considerably, through structures and materials, where the prefabrication and industrialization of elements such as slabs, beams and columns, as well as facades and coatings, has reduced the work done on the site, so that we build with such speed, that we see very large changes in the appearance of cities.

Wojciech Odrobina - Technology in Architecture
Wojciech Odrobina – Technology in Architecture

On the other hand, architecture has become less permanent and buildings are intended to live 40 or 50 years, due to the ease of replacing them and the versatility that real estate development demands today.

A quality design reduces energy costs and minimizes costs  

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Today we see buildings with highly dynamic and irregular geometries, which are only possible thanks to technological advances in both design and construction.

In design, CAD (Computer Assisted Drawing) has evolved into BIM (Building Information Modeling) with which a three-dimensional model is developed that simulates the building to be built with such precision and detail, that we can visualize and represent each component of the construction.

Wojciech Odrobina Technology Programs
Wojciech Odrobina Technology Programs

Wojciech Odrobina says that thanks to all these technological advances, there is a simpler, faster and easier way to conceptualize, model, build and manufacture complex and irregular elements and structures that in the past were impossible to reproduce and carry out in a construction.

Wojciech Odrobina – Low Cost Architecture

The current crisis situation leads us to plant a low cost architecture but with great aesthetic value, comfort and which in turn produces a lower ecological footprint.

Wojciech Odrobina – Low cost architecture is defined as an architecture as vital since its objective is to create an environment in which everyday life and work are carried out in a pleasant way and with no concessions to the superfluous, that is, with the greatest economy of means.

The so-called Basic House starts from the idea of ​​locating the prism of the building between two almond trees and over the existing water tank on the plot, so that the impact of the terrain is minimal.

Wojciech Odrobina - Low Cost Architecture
Wojciech Odrobina – Low Cost Architecture

The local conditions are used to adapt the house to these. This supposes a significant saving in the budget and a respect towards the natural environment in which the house is implanted, a starting condition imposed by the housing developer.

The shape of the house is a rectangular prism that seems to rest on the ground, optimizing the surface of the facade compared to the interior surface of the house. Obtaining an important saving of materials since facades of more complex forms suppose a noticeable increase in the final budget of the houses.

Wojciech Odrobina Carrick On Shannon – The interior space is diaphanous and runs through the prism from side to side with a large room that seeks good orientation and ventilation and only the private pieces and the kitchen area are compartmentalized occupying a rear band of the prism.

Wojciech Odrobina - Low Cost Architecture Design
Wojciech Odrobina – Low Cost Architecture Design

The interior of the house is austere, due to the limitation imposed on the budget of the house, but with a pleasant atmosphere. The use of raw materials such as plaster walls, wood in floors and beams, concrete on-site paving gives the home an unfinished appearance, as does the cladding of the facade with earthy pigment.

Wojciech Odrobina Longford – The house seeks maximum simplicity, fleeing from everything that is superfluous, its aesthetics is that of pure materials, achieving a peculiar beauty and a reduction in construction costs. It is an attractive bare architecture due to its aesthetic value, low construction costs and the least ecological footprint.

Wojciech Odrobina What does an architect contribute to today’s society?

Wojciech Odrobina tells us that the Architect is a professional who is in charge of the projection, direction, design, and planning of buildings, urbanizations, among others.

They are creators of livable and sustainable spaces, they respect the urban context and try to find the relationship of this with the environment, they seek the solution to spatial problems that come to present that harm or harm the city, maintain a spatial order, create relationships Through architecture, an endless number of functions that it performs for society, not only a particular client works for society.

The architect will be continually forced to be something different to build.

He will have to become a sociologist, politician, psychologist, anthropologist, semiotic … and the situation will not change if he does it working as a team, that is, making all the previous professionals work with him.

Wojciech Odrobina The Best Architect
Wojciech Odrobina The Best Architect

Forced to discover ways that constitute systems of demand over which he has no power; forced to articulate a language, architecture, which must always say something different from itself (which does not happen in the verbal language, which on an aesthetic level can speak of its own forms; nor in painting, which can paint its own laws, and even less in music, which only organizes syntactic relations internal to its own system), the architect is condemned, by the very nature of his work, to be with all certainty the only and last humanistic figure of contemporary society; forced to think the whole precisely to the extent that he is a specialized sector technician, dedicated to specific operations and not to make metaphysical statements.

From that point of view, architects are a necessary agent for society, which entrusts us with the ideation and construction of the human institutions that make up the habitat where we live our daily lives.

Wojciech Odrobina Architecture plans
Wojciech Odrobina Architecture plans

The Architectural Projects are the ones that make the most changes in society, at the time of constructing a building, be it a home, business or office, it causes an impact, which can be positive or negative for the city where the project is being carried out. .

The impact of architecture on society is and will continue to be fundamental for the development and evolution of human life and civilization, everything that is built will influence the daily life of people, as it is improving and adapting the design to the urban environment.

Wojciech Odrobina Function and form in architecture

The relationship between form and function is linked to Architecture and Engineering, as elements of social commitment and endless production, without end.

Very often the professors of the different schools of architecture take our students to identify the function by its architectural form, combining both is the end product of any architectural project, always looking for the volume without forgetting the criteria and evaluation of their system structural and its functional solution.

“In order to understand architecture, it is important that we take into account the most subtle and powerful principle of all the arts: the intimate and complete integration between structure, material and form”- Wojciech odrobina

Wojciech Odrobina Function Architecture
Wojciech Odrobina Function Architecture

When designing, excellence is sought, we want to exalt beauty in architectural forms that respond to the contained function and for which a project is carried out, a necessity. In the trio form-function-structure, without separating its importance or without give more to one than the other, the function is the cause of any project, and the structural conception should not be a limitation in the face of new architectural spaces: great lights and great heights, also responding with the new construction systems applied to maintain the binomial Updated of the Form-Function relationship.

The duty to be in the form of any building is to comply with the function and with new technological advances, committed through research, sincere study and a program of activities and areas, from there logically and the form will not be a whim In response to new conceptual models, architecture must comply with the new formalities and the cultural and social changes to which it is due.

The obsession with the form itself and defended by the post-modernist trend: the building is treated as a work of art, as an object of provocative forms and sets of plans, with the sole purpose of obtaining effects of an aesthetic nature. 

But although architecture is to be seen, explore styles, etc … the dissociated forms of its function make it lose the proper sense of what architecture is and what this discipline owes, the reality to which it must respond.

Does form follow function?

Wojciech Odrobina Function and form designs in  architecture
Wojciech Odrobina Function and form designs in architecture

For the development of the current Architecture, the variables to be solved, among many others, include the formal, the technological and the functional, working from the beginning so as not to fall into exaggerations or whims. 

These must be present from the first moment to create that impossible relationship of separate and culminate with a valuable architectural project.

Clarity and conceptual basis are the qualities that architecture values ​​in the design of a building. The reinforcement of concepts will open up a range of infinite possibilities to try to find the ideal shape for a project.

To begin any design process, it is necessary to recognize the need to solve a problem with the intention of solving it.