Three essential qualities of architecture

According to Vitruvius, a Roman architect and one of the most influential writers on architectural theories, a structure must encompass three essential qualities – strength, utility and beauty.

Criteria of architectural integration

When a Transpired Solar Collector is integrated into the envelope of a building, if it is integrated homogenously with strength, utility and beauty, it could then be considered to be architecturally integrated. Without maintaining the beauty or the aesthetic quality of the building, however, it could only be classed as a “building integrated system”.

Aspects of aesthetics

Aesthetics, or visual appearance, of a Transpired Solar Collector can be analysed from the following aspects:

  • Visibility
  • Compatibility
  • Size and position of a collector
  • Module size and shape
  • Material
  • Colour
  • Surface texture