Elevations

Architects also create elevation drawings – drawings of different sides of the building.

Elevation

Matthew Lloyds Architects LLP, New Heart for Bow Project at St Pauls’ Old Ford, London, 2004

When architects are designing in elevation they think carefully about what is behind each part of wall and where different elements, like windows, and doors might be placed. You have to think carefully or you might end up with a window looking straight into your loo!

Architects also think about how the building will look from the street. Do you want the building to blend into the street or do you want it to stand out from the rest of the buildings close by?

Elevations can show the different materials that will be seen from the outside (the exterior) and the height of different parts of the building.