Good Buildings are innovative.
The possibilities for innovations aren’t exhausted by now. The technological development in civil engineering repeatedly offers new initial points for innovative concepts which will optimize the characteristics of the building. Innovations in civil engineering emerge in combination with the requirements of the projects and are not and end in itself. Innovation always means a pondered risk – but without innovation there is no development.
Good buildings are appropriate.
Buildings are built to fulfil certain functions – primary functions like driving on, walking on, live in as well as additional functions like psychological and aesthetic functions (width, density, shape, fitting). Good buildings optimize their function and leave everything out of consideration which doesn’t serve the goal or even are opposed to it.
Good buildings are aesthetical.
The aesthetical quality of a building is an integral aspect for the acceptance of its users. That’s because buildings which are used on a daily basis leave a mark in the individual environment and influence the well-being. Unesthetic buildings destroy the natural environment and the human soul.
Good buildings show their load-bearing characteristics.
They explain clearly the structure of the building. Furthermore: a good load-bearing structure lets the building speak to you. In the best case the structure of the building is self-explanatory.
Good buildings are honest.
A building can’t appear more innovative, more efficient and more valuable as it is in reality. It doesn’t try to manipulate its environment by decorative elements.
Good buildings are decent.
Buildings which fulfil a purpose aren’t decorative objects neither art. Their design should be neutral and give people enough room for their individual fulfilment.
Good buildings are long-lasting.
As measured by human standards buildings are built for eternity and should fulfil future requirements. Long-lasting building concepts avoid being fashionable and will therefore never appear old-fashioned. Right from the outline the expenditures concerning the maintenance have to be kept in mind.
Good buildings are consequently built in every detail.
Nothing should be left to arbitrariness or chance. Thoroughness and accuracy of the design and the construction are lately an expression of respect to the public and the environment.
Good buildings are environmental friendly.
Good buildings contribute an important share to the preservation of the environment. They integrate the conservation of resources as well as minimizing physical and visual interference to the environment beginning with the construction period and during its lifetime.
Good buildings are as few as possible.
Less building is more.
based on the 10 theses for good design by Dieter Rams