Point, line, plane and volume

Architecture is 3-dimensional. 3-D shapes are created from a point, which becomes a line, then a plane (a 2-D surface, like a piece of paper) and then a volume (a 3-D form). Architects use points, lines and planes in different ways to create interesting forms and spaces.

Check out these buildings that use points, lines, planes and volumes in unusual ways.

Eiffel Tower

Point
Gustav Eiffel, Eiffel Tower, Paris, France, 1887-1889

Centre Pompidou

Line
Richard Rogers & Renzo Piano, Centre Pompidou, Paris, 1976

Guggenheim Museum Bilbao

Plane
Frank Gehry, Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Spain, 1997

Lock Keepers Cottage

Volume
Surface Architects, Queen Mary College – Lock Keepers Cottage 2005

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