Creating an Aesthetic Assemblage from Diverse Elements

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Bruce Wentworth, AIA, is a practicing architect whose
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“How can I unify a group of different architectural elements in an attractive way?”



Throughout an architect’s career, problems are encountered that require a thoughtful design approach. For centuries, architects have used the design concept of placing a frame around a diverse group of architectural elements to unify them. For example, two adjacent elements, such as windows or doors, are placed within a perimeter frame.

Further embellishment is achieved with a decorative panel placed between the windows. Thus, the individual architectural parts are grouped within a perimeter frame and the new assemblage creates an architectural feature with more visual importance. Here, the design architect judiciously decides what building features are worthy of this architectural treatment.

Photo Examples of Unifying Different Architectural Elements

The photos below show homes built from the 1880s – 1920s utilizing this design concept. But the concept is applicable to any and all architectural design, regardless of style!

Aesthetic Assemblage

Unifying Diverse Architectural Elements


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Bruce Wentworth, AIA, is a practicing architect whose insights on residential architecture have been published in House BeautifulSouthern LivingWashingtonianColonial Homes, and other periodicals.