Security in architecture: myth vs fact

When it comes to building design, security solutions such as doors, gates, and shutters can sometimes be treated as an afterthought. This is especially true if the architect is not sure how these solutions fit in with the overall design of the building. We at Rotec Security Solutions are here to tell you why architects shouldn’t leave it too late to consider how security will factor into their designs, and to debunk some of the most common security in architecture myths.

MYTH ONE: Security Solutions are One-Size-Fits-All

It’s not unusual for contractors and architects to approach us looking for a one-size-fits-all security solution that will work across the entire project. However, it’s very rare that a building will ever require just one type of security solution. It’s important to factor in the design, function, footfall, and operating hours of the building when considering security.

Most buildings will require external security doors across all access points, but the style and material of these doors will vary depending on whether these are personnel access, vehicular access, or loading bays. We recommend buildings with internal areas such as storage facilities or rooms containing expensive equipment be protected by steel security doors. Commercial buildings containing shops, food courts, or concessions stands might benefit from steel or aluminium roller shutters. Put simply, every building will have a unique set of security needs.

MYTH TWO: Security Solutions will Ruin the Design of a Building

This is a common misconception that often leads to compromises in a building’s security in favour of design. In actual fact, it’s common for a company like Rotec to work alongside designers and architects to create bespoke security solutions incorporating design elements such as colour and branding to match the overall aesthetic of the building.

Security doors can do much more than seamlessly blend into visual design of a building. Buildings such as stadiums, cinemas, theatres, and studios can take advantage of acoustic-rated security solutions designed to work with the architect’s auditory design requirements rather than against them.

MYTH THREE: Security Solutions can be Installed at the End of the Project

We thoroughly recommend considering your building’s security needs relevant to its design from day one. While security solutions can be installed at various stages of a project, an early consultation will help your design team lean into any considerations that need to be made in terms of security. For example, high-risk entryways can be tailored to accommodate fast action roller shutters as opposed to security doors for more responsive protection. By considering the functionality of the building and its individual security requirements in the early stages of design you can ensure complete protection and avoid any security concerns from clients later on down the line.