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The Best Architecture Drawings of 2015

The Best Architecture Drawings of 2015
Courtesy of Guillaume Ramillien Architecture
Courtesy of Guillaume Ramillien Architecture

We believe good projects should be able to express and explain themselves. Architectural representation plays a fundamental role in how a project is perceived by the audience, which is why today ArchDaily is recognizing the most outstanding, original and self explanatory drawings of the year.

The selected drawings cover the diverse range of different techniques used in architectural representation today, from hand drawing images to perfectly detailed axonometrics and animated GIFs - but one thing they all have in common is the deep insights they provide into the appearance, construction or concept of the buildings they represent.

Lifelike architectural representation, as we know it today, stems from Greco-Roman schematic representation, which was based on careful observation of natural forms. In the centuries after the fall of the Roman Empire architectural drawing fell into decline as architects worked more as craftsmen, developing designs as they worked and passing architectural knowledge on through apprenticeships rather than physical records.

In the Renaissance, however, the techniques of the ancient civilizations were rediscovered and refined. Just as mathematical perspective and other theories of representation made Renaissance art increasingly realistic, architectural drawing also became increasingly sophisticated, and this period cemented conventions for architectural drawings that we still recognize today.

In the early 1900s, the work of Frank Lloyd Wright, curated by the publisher Ernst Wasmuth, was displayed in Berlin, setting a new precedent for architectural representation. The most interesting thing about the Wasmuth Portfolio is the simplicity of Wright’s drawings, which use simple lines and flat colors due to the impossibility of representing the works in their true colors. The synthetic representation of Wright's work had a tremendous influence on the European architectural avant-garde, inspiring, among others, Mies Van der Rohe.

In the 1960s, architectural representation again followed trends in the art world, as groups such as Archigram, Archizoom and Superstudio created Pop-Art inspired architectural collages which showed their designs as part of a wider cultural milieu of images and ideas.

Current architectural representation has developed thanks to the possibilities offered by modern digital techniques. It is constantly changing and searching for new possibilities of aesthetic representation due to the rapid development of digital media, both in terms of parametric design processes, and digital graphic representation. As a result of the vast capabilities of the digital, today architectural representation has inherited all of the major stylistic periods discussed above, and is developing so quickly that the idea of an absolute technique has lost power - making way for a constant search according to the abilities of each person.

The debate between hand-drawing and digital representation remains open, and every author must choose the method that best suits their mental process of the conception of architectural spaces in order to explain their project best and capture the art within it - a principle exemplified by the following drawings.

Architectural Drawings

Courtesy of Felipe Combeau + Pablo Alfaro
Courtesy of Felipe Combeau + Pablo Alfaro
Courtesy of stpmj
Courtesy of stpmj
Courtesy of TAKASAKI Architects
Courtesy of TAKASAKI Architects
Courtesy of O’Donnell + Tuomey Architects
Courtesy of O’Donnell + Tuomey Architects
Courtesy of College of Environmental Design UC Berkeley + Kengo Kuma & Associates
Courtesy of College of Environmental Design UC Berkeley + Kengo Kuma & Associates
Courtesy of 1+1>2 Architects
Courtesy of 1+1>2 Architects
Courtesy of Domingo Arancibia
Courtesy of Domingo Arancibia
Courtesy of Shift Architecture Urbanism
Courtesy of Shift Architecture Urbanism
Courtesy of a21studio
Courtesy of a21studio

Courtesy of Eliot Lee + Eun Lee Courtesy of Aidlin Darling Design Courtesy of ARS° Atelier de Arquitecturas Courtesy of Domingo Arancibia +49

Sketches

Courtesy of Onishimaki + Hyakudayuki Architects
Courtesy of Onishimaki + Hyakudayuki Architects
Courtesy of Domingo Arancibia
Courtesy of Domingo Arancibia
Courtesy of Christian Ochaita + Roberto Gálvez
Courtesy of Christian Ochaita + Roberto Gálvez
Courtesy of Wolfgang Buttress
Courtesy of Wolfgang Buttress

Courtesy of Guillaume Ramillien Architecture Courtesy of Onishimaki + Hyakudayuki Architects Courtesy of Nikken Space Design Courtesy of DSDHA +49

Axonometric and Isometric Representations

Courtesy of Harsh Vardhan Jain
Courtesy of Harsh Vardhan Jain
Courtesy of Felipe Combeau + Pablo Alfaro
Courtesy of Felipe Combeau + Pablo Alfaro
Courtesy of Department of ARCHITECTURE
Courtesy of Department of ARCHITECTURE

Courtesy of TEN + NGO City Creative Network Courtesy of Crosby Studios Courtesy of Stefano Boeri Architetti Courtesy of Stereo Architektur +49

Details

Courtesy of TAKASAKI Architects
Courtesy of TAKASAKI Architects
Courtesy of Stefano Boeri Architetti
Courtesy of Stefano Boeri Architetti
Courtesy of College of Environmental Design UC Berkeley + Kengo Kuma & Associates
Courtesy of College of Environmental Design UC Berkeley + Kengo Kuma & Associates
Courtesy of CAAT Studio
Courtesy of CAAT Studio
Courtesy of Indalo + Collectif Saga
Courtesy of Indalo + Collectif Saga

Courtesy of Indalo + Collectif Saga Courtesy of AM3 Architetti Associati + Studio Courtesy of Harsh Vardhan Jain Courtesy of Olson Kundig +49

Diagrams

Courtesy of Pezo von Ellrichshausen
Courtesy of Pezo von Ellrichshausen
Courtesy of CAAT Studio
Courtesy of CAAT Studio
Courtesy of stpmj
Courtesy of stpmj
Courtesy of Shift Architecture Urbanism
Courtesy of Shift Architecture Urbanism

Courtesy of College of Environmental Design UC Berkeley + Kengo Kuma & Associates Courtesy of LTL Architects Courtesy of Urban Intensity Architects + TAArchitects + Kyungsub Shin Courtesy of Perkins+Will +49

GIFs

Nautilus / TEN + NGO City Creative Network

Attic for an Architect / Buro5

Wooden Structure at Launchlabs / Stereo Architektur

Osolzip / B.U.S Architecture

Cite: AD Editorial Team. "The Best Architecture Drawings of 2015" 11 Jan 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/779344/the-best-of-architecture-drawings/>