The Evolution of European Gothic Architecture

Gothic architecture is a style of architecture which flourished during the high and late medieval period.

Originating in 12th-century France and lasting into the 16th century, Gothic architecture was known during the period as “the French Style”, with the term Gothic first appearing during the latter part of the as a Renaissance stylistic insult.

Kylemore Gothic Church

Kylemore Gothic Church

It evolved from Romanesque Architecture and was succeeded by Renaissance Architecture. The Goths contributed many architectural ideas. Those ideas have been used in various structures in the Gothic Period most importantly in the construction of Cathedrals. Renaissance Architecture which flourished after the Gothic Architecture adopted some of its ideas but modified it according to their architectural sense of understanding.

The elements that developed during  the Gothic Period are as follows:

  1. Pointed Arch
  2. Fan-like Vault
  3. Flying Buttress

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Exterior Architecture Vs Interior Design

This is a guest post by Elysabeth Teeko – http://twitter.com/elysateek

For many people, owning a home specifically designed to their taste is the ultimate goal – nobody wants to live in a cookie cutter house, and we all have dreams of that amazing architecture we wish to be surrounded by. Architecture should reflect client’s expectations and inner character… it should feel like an extension of their own selves. It is the ultimate approach in creating a perfect home. Architecture as of itself, however, is lost without complimenting it with Interior Design and Decoration.

Here are some interesting articles on “Interior Designing”

New Changing trends in the Materials and Furniture design

New material trends, Aesthetics and Lighting Techniques

New trends in the Color schemes and Materials of Design

Modern Interior Design

Modern Interior Design

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Lotus Temple, Delhi | Innovation in Architecture

Introduction

The Bahai House of Worship in Delhi, India, popularly known as the Lotus Temple due to its flowerlike shape, is a Bahai House of Worship and also a prominent attraction in Delhi. It was completed in 1986 and serves as the Mother Temple of the Indian subcontinent

Lotus Temple, Delhi

Lotus Temple, Delhi

The temple gives the impression of a half-open lotus flower, afloat, surrounded by its leaves. Each component of the temple is repeated nine times. The temple is open to people of all faiths, languages and cultures. It is a symbol of a United India.

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Pictorial Space | Architectural Drawing

Understanding Pictorial Space – II

An analytical drawing of spatial symbols clues which indicate distance and depth in our perception of form.

The primary visual cues which aid our perception of Depth:

  1. Binocular Vision
  2. Motion Parallax

Our eyes are overlapping fields of view and Stereoscopic Depth Vision.

The pictorial images created by graphic displays have to depend totally upon secondary cues to depth.

Depth is created by –

  1. Relative apparent size – Linear perspective objects become smaller as they are far away.
  2. Light and shadow
  3. Atmospheric haze (Ariel perspective)
  4. Overlap – most potent secondary cue to depth
Understanding Pictorial Space - II

Understanding Pictorial Space - II

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Understanding Pictorial Space | Architectural Drawing

Pictorial Space | Secondary cues to Depth

The aim of this drawing is to translate analytically an object into differing perceptions responding to four of the secondary depth cues.

  1. Relative apparent size – (Linear perspective) objects become smaller as they moveaway.
  2. Light and shadow
  3. Atmospheric Haze (Darker frontal tones to lighter variations in the background – through values/ or dotting technique)
  4. Overlap – contour drawing – boundaries
Here’s an Exercise that will help you understand the concept:
  • Design and draw a series of black and white bands on a sheet of paper with different thicknesses and widths.
  • Crush the sheet into a paper ball
  • Partially open up the paper ball into free standing mass of lines, form and space.
  • Place it under a strong light and draw four sketches

The image below is an example of the Exercise for understanding the concept of Pictorial Space.

Pictorial space | Architectural Drawing

Pictorial space | Architectural Drawing

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