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  • Writer's picturechaithanya ganesh

Art and architecture.


Can architecture exist without art? Have you ever come across any architect who isn't really an art-lover?

Art is defined as a diverse range of human activities involving the creation of visual, auditory, or performing artifacts, which express the creator's imagination, conceptual ideas, or technical skill, intended to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power. Whereas architecture is the practice of designing and constructing buildings and especially habitable ones.

Art and architecture are deeply connected through the design, structure, the designer's thought, and expression of its meaning.

Studies have classified art into seven forms and they are:

1. Painting

2. Architecture

3. Sculpture

4. Literature

5. Music

6. Performing and

7. Cinema


Often architecture is quoted as "Mother of arts" and the statement below is of justification to the argument: " Interior space and user together create an almost kinetic experience; a symphony of openings, planes, moldings, accents, textures, light, sound and views. No other art can draw from so many media in its creation".

Art is almost everywhere and so architecture itself is a form of art. The ability of art is to express the unusual, the powerful and create an impact without really speaking about the concerned matter. Architecture had succeeded and is also expected to speak for the nuances of culture and tradition, incorporate history with a view to the future ahead.

Art enhances architecture, and every art has its own palette, tools and media. And lack of art in architecture will lead to visual poverty. It is human nature to decorate and beautify their place of existence and from time ageing back to the period of civilization, art has been a prominent element. Architecture has a broader function in society and the real win lies in the ability to connect with space emotionally and the element of art plays a crucial role in the same.


Art in architecture is a widely discussed topic with endless number of interpretations. In addition to the visual aspect, they have spatial and social role to play as well.

Dan Rice once said- "There are three forms of visual art, painting is art to look at, sculpture is art you walk around and architecture is art you walk through".

All around the world it is claimed and celebrated as "when art met science, architecture was born with pride".