In the opening post to this blog I took the time to let you guys know where my passions for architecture first stemmed from, but one aspect that I left out was my particular focus of fascination when it comes to building design, and it may sound strange to admit, but I love roofs. There’s something about a beautiful roofing design that truly catches my attention, and whether we’re talking spinnerets, or fantastical flow in design, or more world famous pieces like the dome in Italy, there’s just something magical about the roof of a building. When looking at any form of architecture, the roof of the building is one of the pieces that always immediately catches your eye. It is the final topping so to speak that pulls an entire building together, and whether it’s a centuries old castle, or a new home going up down the block, the right roof can pull an entire look together perfectly, or stand out like a sore thumb.
Roofs can also be the most difficult to design, because you want something that fits the overall look and feel you’re going for, but at the same time you have the opportunity to create something truly unique. It must put a lot of pressure on a home designer when it comes to the roofing aspect of the drawing. To want to deliver something special and new, and yet still maintain a level of restraint to ensure that it still fits with the design of the rest of the building. It would be nice to be able to sit down and speak with someone who designs roofs to see what their thoughts are on the matter, and the process they go through when it comes to bringing a new design to the table.
Even beyond the big millionaire homes, and new churches and such, I find even locally there are some really amazing and well thought out roofing designs that go on everyday homes across the area. I find myself watching construction and roofing crews on a new project, trying to imagine what the finished product is going to look like, and then coming back months later to see if my estimate was anywhere near what it actually looks like when its completed. Sometimes, my observances over the years allow me to guess pretty close to the actual look and feel, and sometimes I am blindsided by how different it actually turns out, I love the latter ones.
This has turned into quite the gushing piece about roofs, but it’s something that I find to be one of the most interesting pieces of architecture. I’m sure that there are other aspects of buildings that those who appreciate find themselves just as fascinated with. I spoke once with a guy who’s favorite piece was doors, and had gone all over the world to view buildings with doors that he loved. I’m sure there’s a focal point for everyone, and I’m more than happy to hear about them.