Commercial Architecture - Structures That Mostly Mean Business
You probably have seen them several times in your lifetime, even experienced - and continue to experience - being inside of them. You probably be working in one right now! We’re talking about commercial architecture. Think of office buildings and shopping malls and schools. Would you believe a prison is considered a commercial building, too?
George EvansOct 10, 202220 Shares979 Views
When it comes to a place teeming with impressive commercial architecturenot far from each other, one good candidate is Singapore.
In Asia, the Lion City roars not only economically but also aesthetically.
The Marina Bay Sands not only spells out luxury. This 5-star hotel likewise reflects brilliant architectural works, with an infinity pool and the stunning CÉ LA VI restaurant at its rooftop.
Not far is the “blooming” ArtScience Museum - designed to capture the image of a white lotus. The country’s list of shopping malls also boast of their respective architectural feats.
They include the futuristic-looking ION Orchard, the magnificent Suntec City and its famous Fountain of Wealth, and the imposing Knightsbridge Mall.
Indeed, Singapore’s commercial architecture impresses people - residents and tourists alike.
ESCALIER: Rental office and commercial building in Tokyo, Japan [Architecture]
In partnership with Georgia Alliance of Preservation Commissions (GAPC), the Georgia Historic Preservation Division published something on the state’s types of commercial architecture.
When talking about types, according to the undated 41-page publication:
Type refers to the pattern of room layout, form and scale that identify a building as belonging to a common tradition that often does not exhibit a particular style.- Georgia Historic Preservation Division - Georgia Department of Natural Resources
In addition, when classifying the type of commercial architecture, one needs to consider “a building’s original form.” Any alteration or modification made after the construction of the building should be disregarded.
The publication also pointed out that though the type of buildings would depend on the era they were built, that would not always be the case.
In commercial architecture, types can come and go. A certain type that was common 50 years ago may no longer be in contemporary times. Still, such types may resurface again at any given time.
Three window cleaners at the Evolution Tower in Moscow; a blue-painted corner store called La Carlota in Uruguay
The Georgia Historic Preservation Division identified six commercial types found in the state:
multiple retail store
retail and office
These types of commercial architecture are not exclusive to Georgia. Rather, they also exist across the U.S. and the world. They all just differ in style.
It is also important to remember that the details of a building - stairs, escalators, passageways, cubicles, units, etc. - make up the whole architecture. It is not only the façade or the overall outer structure.
Geometrical bridges at Hudson Yards in New York; top view of a floor opening at Black Diamond in Denmark