While the Villa La Rotonda, Italy (left), has a compact, self-contained plan centered on its dome, Blenheim Palace in the UK (above) extends over an enormous site and is visible from far across its vast park.

Both the houses however, have formal, symmetrical fagades and use elements of classical architecture to create a sense of grandeur.

Every building exists in three dimensions, and when you look at it from the outside, you see a solid object. This three-dimensional quality of a structure is often called its form, and the form of a building has a huge impact on how you perceive it. Whether a building dominates its setting or blends into it, whether it is tall or hugs the ground, whether its fagades are symmetrical or irregular, whether it has an internal courtyard or not all of these are different aspects of a building’s form.


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