You may have wondered at some point why we call ourselves Building Tectonics. Well, tectonics actually derives from the Greek work ‘tekton’ which means ‘builder’, but in a modern context the word is more often used in relation to the design of the structure.
If you were to look ‘tectonics’ up in a dictionary you’d see ‘architectural, relating to a construction or building’ and we adopted the name tectonics because we consider the structure as one of the starting points of design. As we’re in the field of architectural drawings this is pretty apt, don’t you think?
Whilst we’re on the subject of construction, isn’t it great when you look at a building or construction and you can see exactly how it’s been put together. You know how it works just by looking at it, and you don’t necessarily have to be in the industry, it just makes sense.
Take the suspension bridge in Bedford for instance, you can look at that structure and have a basic idea of exactly how it works because it’s all there in plain view. Did you know that the very same suspension bridge in Bedford is a listed structure. It was the first bridge of its type to be built in the county of Bedfordshire, first constructed in 1888 as a part of the Embankment landscaping scheme; a bridge was needed to link the embankment with the newly purchased Mill Meadows across the river.
Written by Jade Turney – Building Tectonics.