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Ayushi Arora
Ayushi Arora
Is an architect, a passionate writer and has a keen interest in UX/UI Designing. Apart from writing, she is fond of exploring the unseen parts of the city through the eyes of an architect.

Well, Architecture could be annoying sometimes. It could make you think that ‘What was the architect thinking?’ The patterned buildings, the striped patterns, zebra strips, large concrete builts with no open spaces can all give us a headache, whether it is an architect or a non-designer.

Imagine a place with high-rise buildings, each floor layered upon one another with no sense of open-built relationship could be pretty annoying, like the highrise of Hongkong with less spatial quality.


Nature has always given us the Fibonacci series, and Golden Ratio to admire. It starts with nature, like the beautiful Sunflower, the seashells, and even the petals of a rose. All that could be said is they’re so pleasing to the eyes that it has also been adopted by the architects to make aesthetically pleasing designs, to attract the people. It was used in the construction of Taj Mahal and the Parthenon. It became admirable, almost captivating to look at.


Welkin’s and Oliver is one of the articles insisted that people are most comfortable looking at nature rather than buildings and repetitive pattern which causes discomfort, and can’t deal with the concrete jungle view outside their offices, homes, and grocery stores. There are certain patterns that were detected through the experimentation, which were said to give discomfort to the people. It is not just about the spaces, but the shape of the building and how they can effectively communicate with space.


Urban scenes break the rule of nature: they tend to feature regular, repetitive patterns, due to the common use of design features such as windows, staircases and railings. Regular patterns of this kind are rarely found in nature. People who get migraines are particularly susceptible to the discomfort from repetitive patterns; these patterns increase the use of oxygen (which in those who sufferer migraines is already abnormally high.) The patterns can give rise to a headache.

There are many patterns that can cause unnecessary attraction to the eyes, but the patterns subconsciously start to cause discomfort to the eyes, therefore causing headache sometimes.


Patterns such as depicted in the above picture can also cause headache or even cause you into thinking that what made a design possible for such a humungous built looking like an elephant, it is also known as the elephant building. Such buildings can cause migrains, discomfort, and I am not even saying it sarcastically. Being an architect/designer, you should always emphasize on the building on the looking aesthetically appealing, also function properly with the co-existence of nature, with complements it into a soothing effect.

As we let nature, pattern, materials, and open spaces co-exist. We would also know solutions to how the spaces could please, soothe the environment rather than giving headaches to the people. It is the duty of an architect to maintain it throughout the city.


“Windows, Staircases, and Railings” as the repetitive patterns that rub the brain in the wrong direction as said by Wilkins, and these are the main elements of a skyscraper unless designed otherwise.



The skyscrapers due to their height, monotony in the material, and repetitive windows could also cause a headache. Nature has always led to cancel out such patterns with the existence of counter objects, but how does one ignore the human-made objects which may cause migraine.


As the construction increases to an extent where the going vertical is the only option, then as architects and designers we should better concentrate at the builts where we do not make a patterned brick concrete structure but that appeals, and lets a person feel welcomed into space with the help of art, greenery, material variation, and shape of the building. Every Architect can make a mistake but we can learn through it all and become better architects/ designers in the end.

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