What is Form?

Alongside textures, materials and colours, architectural form plays a pivotal role in establishing the character of a building. Clever use of all of these elements, inside and out, creates a harmonious connection between the various spaces we live, work and play in.

Australia’s leading trend forecaster Kim Chadwick cites form as a crucial element when creating your home. “Form is as simple as it sounds, and refers to the shape or configuration of a building. Along with space, form is one of the primary elements of architecture and noticeable through two distinct practices, geometric and organic.”


Geometric architecture focuses strongly on free form curves, surfaces and volume. It strongly challenges contemporary practice and the so-called architectural practice of the digital age.

In organic architecture, architects play with form to promote a harmony between human habitation and the natural world. The practice gravitates towards shaping and adapting a building to express and flow with the environment.


Brickworks’ trend influencer Stephen Crafti takes a much more practical approach to form, and feels that materials used can create form within the home. He has noticed that people are exploring shape and form in a really new and unique way.

“Bricks are becoming a different material. People are moving on from triple brick fronted houses like we saw in the 1950’s. We are starting to see people enjoy that raw expression of materials.

“Inside our homes, form takes hold from the furniture to the lighting. From a curved velvet chair juxtaposed next to a raw rectangular brick wall. It is actually quite delightful to see the shapes we can create in our houses and how these can transpire into the character of the home.

“From something so structurally beautiful like Frank Ghery’s building at the University of Technology Sydney, we have seen that the bricks have been used in a very fluid way, configuring something quite extraordinary. Architects and designers are using traditional materials, like bricks, in ways that you wouldn’t have imagined before,” he says.


Form can also inform colour choice throughout a home or building. Such as Brickwork’s 2017 key colour trend, Gaia’s Land, which draws upon a harmonious marriage of earthy shades of rust, bronze, antique gold, chestnut and petrol. This key colour trend marries itself perfectly to the organic form of architecture.

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