Theory and Criticism
Entrance in architecture
Hi, I have decided to do a dissertation on this topic. Now could anyone help me that which area of this topic should i focus on?
Kamran Haider
Entrance in architecture
Hi Kamran
If you are interested on the psychological side, you could take up 'Psychological aspects of entrance design', where u could study how design of entrances can prepare a person to experience the rest of the spaces, or how the entrance can give a first impression on the user, or how interesting entrances make interesting buildings. For example hiding an entrance brings fun to the place, or if the entrance is not in an obvious place, it creates curiosity on the user.
Hope these points help you think...
Mubeena Abdul Majeed
Entrance in architecture
Kamran, the type of entrance needed are different for public and private buildings. Public buildings need clearly identifiable entrances to enable people to go into the building.

Of course, the design can be fun as well, like the entrance I saw to an enormous square building in the Park of Soviet Achievments in Moscow...

...The entrance (or front door) appeared to be enormous in keeping with the size of the building and could be seen from several hundred yards away, but it was only when one got near to this "entrance" that you could see that the actual door was just a human-sized double-door.

Whereas, private buildings can have concealed entrances or entrances that are not immediately apparent.
Frank John Snelling
Entrance in architecture
Entrances have 'a real door within a make-believe door' as for example the buland Darwaza at Fatehpur Sikri Mosque; or 'a real door within a real door' e.g. Fort doors have small gates set within it or a dog door within house door; or 'a make-believe door within a real door' e.g. doors painted over door shutters; and 'a make believe door within a make-believe door' e.g. Egyptial tombs.
Gautam Shah
Entrance in architecture
Read the novel Lord of the Rings It deals with real and metaphoric doors and the actions relating to entry-exit. The author has been consistently dealing with the entrances in his works.
Gautam Shah
Entrance in architecture
above all u have to make a typology analysis to the entrances, viz, those related to religious buildings and try to make similarities and differences then reach a conclusion about the influence of the type of the building on the shape or the form of the entrance.

then do the same thing to the secular, palatial, economic, military, funerary..etc.

pay attention to the inevitability of the site and it's influence in shaping and demarcating the form and the location of the entrance in the plan..

functions, traditions, fashions, experience, economy, power affect on the position, formation the entrances.
Waleed Akef
Entrance in architecture
kamran i am also looking at entrance in architecture as one of the issues for my masters thesis this year - i live in johannesburg - have you come across any theorists/articles worth looking at? or examples of the evolution of entrances in public buildings through the ages - mail me at - thanks
Dana Fayman
Entrance in architecture
Entrances to any habitable entity are always a fascinating element in the design as a whole. Be it an entry to a human's house or bird's nest or tiger's caves etc. Its main function always remains to protect the privacy of the inhabitants including security and refuge from the environment. Main entrance always convey certain message to the outsiders what to expect of it and what lies next once it gets open or remain closed. The history of architecture always amplifies the main entrances as the most exalted element in the embodiment of the building design. The scale it adopts is unprecedented in relationship to human dimensions including mystifying it with variable school of thoughts, size, material and work-flow.
The main entrances may provide the glimpses of the interiors or never at all where the interior privacy is paramount. It invites the guest and scares the enemies equally but with profound gentleness and candor of its architecture. It may trifle the homely exposure and can sound solidity to defend its content but still it stand up with its predominance in the urban scale majestically beholding the owners belief of perseverance�s from the environment in which he exist and wish to be know from here onwards!!
Zahyr Siddiqi
Entrance in architecture
Hi Kamran,do not only think entrance in architecture is only in physical form,or structure but the important thing is how we feel when we enter an entrance or door arches,gateway that we can call all that as an entrance.So physical form is only defined the entrance,we also shall think of the smell,textures,colour,temperature,sound etc....something that close to our feeling.
Wan Farid Wan Ariffin
Entrance in architecture
Hey Kamran, its an interesting topic to be discussed. people have given you valuable comments i think that's all what you need.

According to me, entrance into an architecture as something more then just a physical activity, its more of an experience than anything. As it has been discussed earlier as well that entrance depends upon the type of Building( i.e. commercial or private). This experience can be altered according to the function of a building. An entrance can a a long experiential pathway or just direct entrance , it can a thick fortified wall giving sense of security or a high wall giving a sense of grandness.

An entrance creates a threshold. its a point where one changes the feeling of where he was and where he is now. It changes one's mood, experience and emotions. Entrance of Hospitals differ from the entrance of Parks or Hotels. Entrance of small House differs from that of Villa or Castle.
An entrance helps to create a mood which is required in the particular building and that is where we architect should be creative.

This is just a thought where you can begin your dissertation.

Thank you.
Rahim Roudani
Entrance in architecture
Dear Kamran,

Could you let me know wether you succeeded in writing your dissertation? I am working on the same topic right now.
Jeanine Creutzburg
Entrance in architecture
One form of entrance which always fascinates is the Chinese Moongate, (a circular hole in a wall).
Frank John Snelling
Entrance in architecture
hi everyone. I am also doin my dissertation research on the similar topic but based on a village in my city. It'd be great if i could take a look at your research works. my email id: thanks
Kester Fernandes
Entrance in architecture
Hello Kamran!
I started my dissertation on the same topic. At the moment im still checking what there already is about it. Would you mind to share your dissertation? Would be very thankfull. I would send would send you mi dissertaton wenn i finish if you´re intrested.

My mail is
Daniel Correa
Entrance in architecture
Why decide to do a dissertation on a topic if you have no ideas. It would be interesting to come back to this forum with your final product and share with the Archnet community.
Shiraz Allibhai
Entrance in architecture
hi to all.
i have a work about the same thing.. entrance in architecture, but i can't found anyting. if you can send me your work i'm greatfull.
Anatilde Lima
Entrance in architecture
I have just been rereading the posts in this topic and the thought occurs that "entrance" is assumed to be a doorway.

Whereas, there are many other entrances (and exits) into buildings. The main forms being (a) entrances that humans walk through (doorways), (b) entrances humans do not walk through but could climb through ("windows" or gaps for air, water and sun) and (c) entrances humans do not walk through and cannot climb through (vents, grilles, arrow slots, etc).

Similarly, there is the assumption that an entrance is vertical, whereas, an entrance can be horizontal, such as a skylight, a lightwell, etc.
Frank John Snelling


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