As an architect, I've had my fair share of interesting requests from clients. But one that stood out in particular was when a client asked me to design a house with a room specifically for their pet alligator. I have to admit, I was a bit taken aback. I had never designed a room for an alligator before. But, I decided to give it a shot.
I designed a beautiful room complete with a pond and a slide for the alligator to use. But when I presented the design to the client, they were less than impressed. "I don't have an alligator," they said. "I just wanted a room with a really cool slide."
I couldn't help but laugh at the absurdity of the situation. From that day on, I made sure to always ask my clients about their pets before starting on any design work.
All in all, it's just one of those funny anecdotes of mine as an architect that reminds me to always ask questions and clarify before starting a project.
As an architect, I once had a client who was convinced that they needed a room specifically for their collection of unicorns. They even provided me with detailed sketches of how they envisioned the room to look. I couldn't help but chuckle at the absurdity of it all, but I went along with it and designed a beautiful, whimsical room for their mythical creatures.
Another funny experience I had as an architect was when a client requested that I design a house with a secret escape room. I was intrigued and excited by the challenge, but it was only after the project was completed that I found out the client's true intention for the escape room was to avoid their in-laws.
One time, I was tasked to design a building with a rooftop garden. The client was very specific about the kind of plants they wanted and even gave me a list of all the different types of flowers and shrubs they wanted to include. As it turned out, they had an allergy to grass and wanted an entire rooftop garden without it. It was a bit of a challenge but I managed to come up with something that made them happy and still looked beautiful.