The word “balance” can be used as a noun or a verb. In relation to architecture, it is most often used as a noun. The online dictionary (www.lexico.com) defines it as “a condition in which different elements are equal or in the correct proportions.” It is important to understand that balance does not necessarily refer to symmetry in the design of a building, but rather a sensitive placement of parts that when viewed as a whole are visually balanced.
In addition to being visually balanced, a building should consider the natural elements relative to design. A credible, non-architectural example of total balance can be seen in a well-tuned sailboat underway, with a slight heel, and taking full advantage of the wind. That can be called a sustainable and harmonic balance. The sailor is taking full advantage of the natural elements to propel the boat through the water using little or no energy other than wind and current. Perhaps buildings should be thought of relative to the sailboat and attempt to be in harmony with the elements in nature rather than in conflict.
Leading scientists have blamed the Coronavirus, which has affected us all on an imbalance in our natural world. “Nature is sending us a message with the Coronavirus pandemic and the ongoing climate crisis,” according to the UN’s environment chief, Inger Andersen. Architects need to do their part through design to minimize these threats. Creech & Associates is committed to sustainable design and our team of LEED accredited designers are here to help you do your part as a building owner.