Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Primary Elements (part 4)

Shapes are two-dimensional, forms are three-dimensional. Cubes, pyramids, cones, and spheres possess depth and therefore volume. Any structure or building has volume, but so do their interiors. Anything that has four or more connecting planes that create a form has volume. This can also be literal or implied in the way planes and lines are used to create the form in question. Perceived volume can be as effectual as actual volume in a space, and depends on the intended use or desired atmosphere.

Image credit: Kleinman, Susan. "Mid-Country Modern." Metropolitan Home. April 2006. 105. (Overlay mine.)
Volume in interiors is not limited to the areas of your floorplan, but also includes sections or zones within those areas, or even structures or furniture used within zones. Here scale and proportion are just as important as actual use; while a large conversation space in a living room may be desired, it could crowd out your equally-desired zones and uses if your created volume is bigger than intended. Considering furniture size and placement is one way to solve this problem.

Volumes can push out or enclose, and clever usage goes a long way to creating an effective and beautiful design.


  1. All of your post for chapter one are well thought out. I can tell that you put a lot of effort into your post!

  2. Thank you - I wrote them out on paper before typing them up. It helps me figure out what I want to say and how I want to say it.

  3. Elissa, you did an excellent job expressing all the vocabulary not only with words but examples, diagrams and even overlays. I can easily read each one and quickly understand.