Elements of Architectural Design: Sensory
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Texture is the apparent look or feel of the surface of an art object. Texture is a tactile property and requires touching to be appreciated. Once we know how a material feels, however, we can interpret a texture with our eyes and can tell visually how it might feel. An architect creates texture in building by certain choices of materials. Heavy, jagged stone may be used in a building to give it a rough texture, whereas delicate, carved woods can give a structure a light and airy look. Texture can also be suggested by the rich layering of shapes and forms on a building. Architects add visual interest to their buildings by using decorative building materials such as siding, stone and woodcarvings, or they can vary the pattern of concrete forms.