What is form?

We were asked what we thought ‘Form’ meant and this is what we thought of in our group:

  • Space filled with form
  • Uniform
  • Deform
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Mind map

The definition:

  1. the visible shape or configuration of something


  • Shape
  • Scale
  • Orientation
  • Proportion
  • Colour/texture
  • Repetition (layout, together, scale, singular or not)
  • Arrangement
  • Contrast (fits in with environment)
  • Respond to existing


The chef knows how to combine ingredients and they know that it is about taste. The musician can put the right notes together so it sounds good and they know it is about hearing. If the designer does not consider form, it would not work well by using it we can create well-considered spaces and they know it is about sight. Each specialism knows the end result they need to create.

*Form is constructed of geometry and proportion*

Lecture Notes
Little Black Dress exhibition, Manchester

The second half of the notes above shows what can create form just by simple lines and how they can be manipulated to make many different forms. Both 2D and 3D forms can be transformed by altering dimensions.

Frank Lloyd Wright floor plans

Frank Lloyd Wright produces floor plans from random shapes as shown in the image above:

Piet Mondrain influenced floor plan

I can see that the artists Piet Mondrian has influenced this floor plan with the repeated squares as inspiration.

Zaha Hadid

Frank Lloyd Wright:

  • Architect
  • Produces floor plans from random shapes

Piet Mondrian:

  • Used shapes as inspiration such as squares!
  • Triangles combined to make floor plans and any shapes

Data minds/ access point:

  • All lines refer to that point on floor plans
  • Random chaos or composed chaos

This website:


shows how designers minds work and I love that it shows the different floor plans in an illustrative way and how each designer thinks.

Group work:

In groups we were given till the end of the lesson to make a floor plan of an imaginary house with repetitive form (shape).

We had to consider: changing the scale, orientation of the shape, proportion of the shape and think about intersecting the shapes, rotating the shapes and proportion of the shape.

We started off doing random shapes and then released this was not a controlled chaos so we tried again:

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Try 1

We decided to do triangles and we lined all the shapes in three particular direction to get the controlled look.

Once that was done we started to add walls and doors to our floor plan:

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Floor plan


Everyone put their floor plans in a line and we all looked at each others work to see what they had done differently from ours.

As we had not finished our floor plan in the lesson we met up as a group out of class hours and completed our together and here is the finished piece:

Finished floor plan



I learned that designers can use shapes to create interesting floor plans which turn into unique spaces. When designing always use geometric principles as it will give control and order to the design. It will strengthen the rational and meaning to the forms and shapes within the plan.



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