Architecture can be defined at many levels of detail and abstraction (from specific to generalized) and for many different purposes. In fact, Architecture for one building or design can be taken as a general reference for the architectural design of another building/structure.
The level of abstraction provided in a reference architecture of a building is determined by how the intended building will eventually turn out. When a new architectural design is developed based on a specific reference architecture, the level of detail provided may have to be in great in-depth on part of the reference architecture. In essence, the reference architecture must be used for inspiration purposes only.
The referenced architecture may only be complimentary in guiding architectural design but it does provide the much needed impetus that a new building seeks in terms of design aesthetics. The premise of one specific architectural design may guide and constrain various types of architectures depending on the purpose and scope. Unique architecture never ceases to amaze us and many great minds have quoted the same over the years.
“Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.” – Steve Jobs