This Is Why Railings Suck by Team A360

Okay, so railings don’t suck- all the time

It’s just that some answers to design considerations are just too routine (placing railings is one of them). In dealing with a situation already encountered before, some are quick to reuse solutions instead of pondering for more effective ones.

“You’re designing a  house on steeply sloping terrain.  For one reason or another, you end up with an open decked space overlooking a magnificent view. However, the deck terminates at a dangerous cliff; safety of the user is of utmost importance.”

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A common design move to respond to this would be to place a railing at the edge of the deck. While this certainly deals with the issue of safety, look at its other implications.

If the user would want to kick back on a chair and enjoy the view, think of how the railing would spoil the experience. Chances are, the top member of the railing is swak with your horizon. 

Consider a different approach to this problem. One ingenious design move would be to incorporate a shallow reflecting pool terminating at a strip of shrubs.

 Think about it. Which of the 2 is more effective? Innovative? Which one shows that you’re thinking like a true designer? 

You decide. 

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(Again, we have Prof. MLV Santos to thank for this wonderful tidbit of information. Just realized how much we learn from her in her classes. Haha. Rock on, Ma’am.) 

Image from http://www.kriyayoga.com/photography/photo_gallery/d/102541-2/cordilleras_mountain_scenerydsc04459.jpg 🙂 

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