8 01 2008

Form is a creation of the meeting point from a line that meets back at the point of its origin, it is physical and it is also the look of the structure or in other words how people perceive the appearance. There are many forms that could be perceived.  But generally form is divided into 2: geometrical and organic forms.


Solid forms or geometrical forms:  such as cube, cuboids, sphere, pyramid, cone, octagon, and the list goes on. They are known as geometrical forms because they were intended to be that way, they were design to be persist and if divided equally meets up symmetrically to each other.

 Un-even forms or organic forms:  is an abstract form with no symmetry to any part of the object.  The form is free, no exact degree at any corner, and design in a spontaneous way.


These are the two important forms that are strong in design. These two are dominant in the designs of houses and shelters. These designs were derived from combining simple geometrical forms together to create new forms or subtracting them to create space or different forms to accommodate or to create function. At times organic forms were used in buildings to create a statement and also to start a new bold revolution in contrast of the norm. It’s all up to the theme needed to be presented in the design where the design should be able to tell a story or to relate to the occupant. It should be strong and forms in architecture made it possible to be one with the owner or a theme it is intended to thus creating a sense of belonging.

Other forms include:

Positive and Negative Forms,


Negative                                                               Positive

Subtracting and Adding forms


Touching and Separated Forms


Positive Forms is the form that is within an area, as it stands out

Negative Forms is the form of the area around the form that stands out.

Subtracted Forms is a subtraction, division, deduction or cutting of an area out if the original state of the form that produced a new form.

Additional Forms is the opposite of Subtracted Form and this include adding, multiplying, dumping, piling etc to form a new object.

Touching Forms is perceived when 2 different objects meet at one point on each other’s side. This connection creates a new form as they are now one. It could also mean when an object is seen through from another object, the combination of this creates a new form.

Separated Forms is when a group of forms were put together at a base and some of these forms were move from its original position thus creating a shift of forms from every perspective angle and this separation is called separated Forms (this is different from subtraction forms where an object is subtracted, in separation objects were moved away from each other and the form that is seen is larger then just one object)

the use of form to create space for living…