Architectural Systems Quiz

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What is the role of the Spatial System in architecture?

Accommodating multiple functions and relationships of a house

What purpose does the Structural System serve in architecture?

Creating a grid of columns and horizontal beams

How does the Enclosure System contribute to architectural design?

Defining a rectangular volume containing program elements and spaces

What is the significance of the Circulation System in architecture?

Penetrating and linking different levels

How does Context influence architectural design?

Wraps around complex interior organization of forms and spaces

Which architectural feature elevates the main floor to avoid ground humidity?

Garden terrace

What are the qualities that form part of architectural systems according to the text?

Shape, color, texture, and proportion

Which of the following is NOT an aspect associated with architectural systems as described in the text?

Urban transportation systems

In architectural design, what does 'compatibility with its context' primarily refer to?

Harmonizing with the site's environment and characteristics

Which factor is NOT typically considered when designing architectural systems according to the text?

Historical myths

What role does technology play in achieving architectural systems?

Enhancing environmental protection and comfort

How are architectural systems primarily experienced according to the text?

Through movement in space and time

What is associated with the Conceptual Architectural Order?

Recognizing relationships among elements

Which phase of the Design Process involves hypothesizing alternative solutions?


What aspect is NOT part of the Perceptual Architectural Order?

Enclosure Machines

What is a key characteristic of Physical Architectural Order?

Experiencing elements sequentially in time

Which activity is associated with the Design Process phase of Evaluation?

Selecting and implementing the most suitable solution

What is a characteristic of Architectural Orders that focus on Spatial Organization?

Understanding ordered and disordered relationships

Study Notes

Spatial Systems

  • The spatial system in architecture integrates program elements and spaces to accommodate multiple functions and relationships within a house.
  • This integration involves a three-dimensional arrangement of elements to create a unified whole.

Structural Systems

  • A grid of columns supports horizontal beams and slabs in a structural system.
  • The cantilever design acknowledges the direction of approach along the longitudinal axis.

Enclosure Systems

  • Four exterior wall planes define a rectangular volume that contains program elements and spaces.
  • The enclosure system wraps around the complex interior organization of forms and spaces.

Circulation Systems

  • The stair and ramp penetrate and link the three levels, heightening the viewer's perception of forms in space and light.
  • The curved form of the entrance foyer reflects the movement of the automobile.

Contextual Considerations

  • Elevating the main floor provides a better view and avoids the humidity of the ground.
  • A garden terrace distributes sunlight to the spaces gathered around it.

Architectural Systems and Orders

  • Architectural systems consist of the architecture of space, structure, and enclosure.
  • These systems involve organizational patterns, relationships, and hierarchies, as well as qualities of shape, color, texture, scale, and proportion.
  • Architectural systems are experienced through movement in space and time, including approach and entry, path configuration, sequence of spaces, and sensory experiences.
  • They are achieved through technological means, including structure and enclosure, environmental protection and comfort, health, safety, and welfare, and durability.
  • Architectural systems accommodate user requirements, socio-cultural factors, economic factors, legal restraints, and historical tradition and precedents.
  • They must be compatible with their context, including site and environment, climate, geography, and sensory and cultural characteristics of the place.


  • The Villa Savoye is located in Poissy, east of Paris, and was designed by Le Corbusier.

Architectural Orders

  • Architectural orders comprise physical, perceptual, and conceptual elements.
  • Physical elements include solids and voids, interior and exterior, and space, structure, and enclosure.
  • Perceptual elements involve sensory perception and recognition of physical elements through sequential experiences in time, including approach and departure, entry and egress, movement through spaces, and qualities of light, color, texture, view, and sound.
  • Conceptual elements involve comprehending the ordered and disordered relationships among a building's elements and systems, and responding to their evoked meanings.

Design Process

  • The design process involves a purposeful activity aimed at devising a plan for changing an existing situation into a future preferred state.
  • The process consists of six phases: initiation, preparation, synthesis, evaluation, action, and reevaluation.
  • Initiation involves identifying a problem and its social, economic, and physical context.
  • Preparation involves collecting and analyzing relevant information and establishing goals and criteria for an acceptable solution.
  • Synthesis involves discovering constraints and opportunities and hypothesizing possible alternative solutions.
  • Evaluation involves simulating, testing, and modifying acceptable alternatives according to specified goals and criteria.
  • Action involves selecting and implementing the most suitable solution.
  • Reevaluation involves reviewing and refining the solution based on feedback and new information.

Test your knowledge on the different architectural systems like spatial system, structural system, and enclosure system. Explore how architecture integrates various elements to form a unified whole.

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