b. Be reflective and supportive of characteristics of the Navy's
image. The Navy's image is timeless, dignified and serious, honest and
rational, respectful, and a subservient part of the whole.
c. Be timeless. Architecture should be modern without going to
extremes. Transient architectural styles such as "Post-Modernism"
(facadism) or "High-Tech (strong expression of the mechanical ductwork)
should be avoided. These styles are very short-lived and become obsolete
and dated very quickly. Naval bases should not ride the roller coaster of
quickly changing and short-lived architectural styles. Naval bases should
not become architectural junk yards.
d. Be dignified and serious. Arbitrary, capricious, and frivolous
architecture is not appropriate for the Navy. The use of multiple
materials and forms just for the sake of decoration or style is not
appropriate. Architecture for the Navy should be simple and
straightforward, using compatible materials.
e. Be honest and rational and clearly represent the function it
serves. Forms other than rectangular boxes are appropriate when those
forms are honestly required for functional and/or economic reasons. The
envelope of a building should not disguise the function of the building but
should help to explain the function.
f. Be respectful and relate to its surroundings in terms, color,
materials, detailing, and generic form(s). It should enhance the overall
architecture of a base by honoring and preserving significant
architectural, historical, local themes which bring consistency to a naval
g. Be subservient to the whole. No single building on a naval base
should dominate architecturally, but each building should become an
integral part of the whole base. No building should figuratively shout,
"Look at Me". In most cases a definitive statement is not what is called
for in integrating new facilities into a large complex of buildings
constructed over many years.
h. Be economical and cost effective and should also appear to be
economical and cost effective. Arbitrary and unexplainable uses of forms
and materials may, in fact, not be costly, but there is a general
perception that they are costly. This is not to say more durable materials
should never be used, but when they are, they should be used for purposes
of cost effectiveness, not decoration.
In summary, appropriate architecture for naval facilities respects and
projects the image of the Navy, honestly reflects, the function of the
facility, respects and enhances its immediate environment, and achieves its
mission in a cost-effective manner.
5.4 BASE EXTERIOR ARCHITECTURE PLAN (BEAP): The BEAP generally provides
guidelines for upgrading the overall appearance of Navy Shore facilities.
BEAP Studies are generally separate from an Activity's master plan. The
Facility Enhancement Plan (FEP) section of the master plan will contain
specific site design guidelines. They address but are not limited to the