Architectural Metaphorism


Metaphor is a type of analogy, and an statement of one object that is something else by association, comparison, and inference. Often used in art, metaphor is a powerful technique to bring meanings to artistic expressions and renditions.


Metaphors are often used in architecture to add spiritual dimensions to programmatic analysis and in spatial design. Architects, planners and engineers are shaping built environment in. The public often are more enthusiastic about exploring the symbolic meanings of buildings and structures .. Through..

One good example of metaphor in architecture is a recent project by G|Saan’s design concept for the Beijing headquarters complex for a top Chinese insurance company. While the program is carefully studied and site meticulously analyzed, symbology is also being considered. The final design used multiple metaphors for meanings of luckiness, happiness, solidarity, long lasting and .. Ruyi, which is the traditional royal Chinese emblem luckiness and protection, can be seen in the site plan configuration. Water is introduced as an element of depth and analogy of transparency; "Aged Rocks by the Sea”, is another analogy for financial stability and durability, can be inferred by the bold shape of the four R&D and call center buildings. The circular entrance court enclosure is the last analogy for a perfect family, which is always viewed as the most powerful and energetic.


Architecture is a combined work of science and art. Just like in any form of art, architectural metaphor is a basic element that should always be carefully envisioned and created.
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