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What is SEMIOTICS in Architecture?

Semiotics in the architectural language is important, discover its meaning and concepts here.


    The architectural and visual language is full of intrinsic symbols and values, here we present the importance of semiotics in Architecture.


    Today in Arquinétpolis we will talk about the theory of architecture and more specifically about semiotics in architecture and its importance, But before entering into the subject we must first know where the word «semiotics» comes from or what it means.

    Semiotics is the science that studies the different systems of signs that allow communication between individuals. Their modes of reception and functioning, in this way we can say that the semiotics of Architecture studies the symbols and the architectural language that buildings manifest or want to transmit.

    When we design, we usually do it thinking of a concept that at that moment we are the only ones we know. But through our work we want to make known and understand the users and the general public. Other times we can develop a language architecturally unconsciously and in some cases give the wrong message to the client or the user.

    Semiotics and Psychology

    A case of semiotics in Architecture that is very evident and easy to recognize for us is the so-called «psychology of color». In it we can transmit sensations or emotions in spaces through spaces, semiotics studies all this and not only in a chromatic way we can transmit these emotions, we can do it with the quality of the space itself, with the form that delimits it or even with some object.

    There are multiple ways to communicate the architectural language. Even with lighting we can do it, with games of light and shadows or with artificial lighting.

    Many times the identity or «style» of an architect is dominated by these signs and by his way of transmitting an architectural language that is able to identify him in all his works, really this quality we can work and improve from the own experience, the work and practice.

    Architectural Language

    The historical factor is also important in the architectural language. Since each work is directly linked to a place and a specific time as well as to the components of its culture and idiosyncrasy.

    For example: We can not do a semiotic analysis of a Gothic cathedral without having studied and known the style of life of the time as well as its beliefs, we can find messages and completely different architectural languages ​​if we analyze the same work in the space of time where it was built and we do another analysis from the present and the present time.

    Another point to consider is that of the work seen as a whole, each detail and each space can transmit a feeling, an emotion or stimulate a sense.

    However these spaces are pieces that in the end as a whole must transmit another global message for the person who visits the place, the materials used in the construction can also use them to communicate a message as with the finishes.

    The meaning and architectural language of a work is in itself its value, not the economic or patrimonial value but its cultural and artistic value. If our work meets this quality it will stop being a simple construction to become an art that is capable of transmitting emotions and sensations, that is why Architecture is considered one of the fine arts.

    Well, friends, as you can see the semiotics of Architecture is a very interesting topic and to which we are all called to take into account when designing if we want our work to really acquire an architectural warmth. Remember to join the blog community on Facebook, remember that for more content like this you have to visit and recommend