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3 Examples of Architectural Detailing Improves Safety

3 Examples of Architectural Detailing Improves Safety

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Architectural detailing is extremely important because it is the little details that make all the difference in safety features. Buildings and their architectural design need to be planned properly to avoid any damage and failure to the strength and integrity of the structure in the future. When considering the safety design, there are very specific elements that need to be included as architectural detailing, and these small pieces of architecture are an essential part of the whole building.

Ideally, the detailing should be based on the type of building and what the structure will be used for. Considering any natural disasters or potential fire hazards are also significant factors that need to be included. Here are three examples of architectural detailing features that improve safety.


Railings are essential when there are stairs or lifted concrete blocks that people can fall from. The height of a standard commercial railing should be in relation to the height of the stairs or platform in question. The minimum requirement for safety reasons is 34 inches, but railings should be no more than 38 inches.
With every stair railing, you will find a balustrade that sits on the side of the stairs and prevents people from falling through the railing or off the stairs. Railings can be designed in any style, however, both balustrade and railings are vital when designing stairs. For commercial railing, balustrade products, and safety features, visit Trex Commercial railing.


Building pendulums are critical for areas that are prone to natural disasters. They are most common in skyscrapers and buildings that may sway too much in coastal winds. By installing a pendulum in the center of the building on the top floors, they counteract any motion that may be caused by an earthquake. A gymnast, for example, will hold a balance beam in the middle so that equal lengths are on either side of their body, bearing their total weight and helping them keep their balance.
When a natural disaster is on its way, a building’s pendulum will automatically start to sway at any sign of movement. These features are just one of the many safety mechanisms that can improve the structural integrity of the building.

Beams and Columns

It’s common to see a beam of concrete in the middle of the room, and sometimes it looks out of place. These and columns are very important safety features in architecture because they support the load of a building with multiple floors, or one that is often under significant weight.
The mechanics behind this construction function is that heavy loads are transferred and distributed more evenly when a vertical structure is installed perpendicular to the floor or ceiling.
When it comes to ensuring the safety of the public and people who will be using any structural design, architectural detailing has the greatest impact. A building will not stand the test of time, weight, and natural disasters unless small details such as balustrades, beams, and columns are not properly installed. These minor features are the major building blocks to the entire structure.


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