Architecture and the power of symmetry

Architecture and the power of symmetry
The sense of order and symmetry regularly used by F2 Architecture can be seen in a new, three-level Hawthorn house nicknamed the ‘House on the Hill’.

The renowned architect Guilford Bell was famous for the use of symmetry in his homes. Fireplaces in living areas were often framed by two doorways, one either side. Taken to the extreme, some of his homes even included two sets of street numbers, placed on either side of the façade. “There’s a sense of calm and order with symmetrical designs. Symmetrical features and spaces also have a sense of familiarity and nothing is jarring,” architect Ed Lippmann says. “People naturally respond to symmetry.”

The Lippmann Partnership designed a two-storey symmetrical house in Watsons Bay, Sydney. Timber features extensively inside and out, to allow the symmetrical form to be clearly “read”. The house is composed of six identical-sized modules, each one measuring six metres in width and four metres in depth. “The dimensions meant that each module could fit into the back of a truck, but they also allowed uniform plywood lining on walls, floor and ceilings,” Lippmann says.

At ground level of the Watsons Bay house are the kitchen, living and dining areas, as well as what Lippmann refers to as a symmetrical, pill-shaped guest powder room. Clad in ebony, the identical rounded ends create a sense of an object within the space. Upstairs are three bedrooms, including the main bedroom with dressing area. “The symmetry brings a mathematical discipline to the design. There’s a sense of logic, with spaces that have a sense of order,” says Lippmann, who often feels “deconstructed” design, with spaces and features adding surprise, can, if not handled appropriately, brings a sense of confusion. ….

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Aline Chahine
Aline is an international licensed architect currently practicing in Canada, she is the reason you are reading this right now, Aline founded the platform back in 2008 shaping the very foundation of Architecture Lab, her exemplary content curation process that defines the online magazine today.
Aline Chahine
Aline Chahine
Aline is an international licensed architect currently practicing in Canada, she is the reason you are reading this right now, Aline founded the platform back in 2008 shaping the very foundation of Architecture Lab, her exemplary content curation process that defines the online magazine today. Highlights Aline founded Architecture Lab in 2008 Lead editor of dan | dailyarchnews since 2019 Founded and Creative Director of DesignRaid Licensed architect with creative sales and marketing experience Experience As full-fledged architect, Aline's background involved a great deal of research that lead to the creation of Architecture Lab as an online database of exemplary design. Her experience snowballed into founding two architecture platforms, Architecture Lab and DesignRaid. Education Aline received USEK’s Master of Architecture in 2004 and BA in English from the University of Toronto
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