Architectural Style Guide
| an introduction to architectural styles and periods throughout history. Explore the styles which have shaped the world, from the classical orders of ancient Greek and Roman architecture... to the streamlined elegance of Art Deco and the International Style.
| architectural style guide
Architectural Styles and Periods
| the ancient builders of the Mesopotamian, Egyptian, Greek, and Roman civilizations constructed great monuments and feats of engineering that have endured centuries of time.
| spanning history from classical antiquity to the Renaissance, this period features impressive works of Byzantine, Romanesque, Gothic, and Islamic architecture... including many of the world's great cathedrals, mosques, and other places of worship.
| literally meaning 'rebirth', the Renaissance originated in Italy in the 14th Century and is often characterized by mathematical relationships, symmetry, and classical motifs.
| this exuberant style 17th Century style is characterized by the dramatic use of classical elements and sculpture, complicated spatial geometry and volumes, as well as the daring use of color and decoration.
| an elaborate 18th Century style that originated in France, Rococo evolved from the designs of Baroque architecture with its curved spatial forms and delicate decorative work.
| a style that epitomizes European and American architecture of the late 18th and early 19th Centuries. Neoclassical architecture features strong geometries and formal plans that included the extensive use of classical motifs such as the Greek and Roman orders.
| the distinctive design vocabulary and styles that shaped American building... from Early Colonial, Jeffersonian, and Federal style architecture to the poetic Prairie Style residences of Frank Lloyd Wright.
| with their origins in decorative arts of Europe, the styles of this period such as the Arts and Crafts, Art Nouveau, as well as others, brought a strong sense of craftsmanship, expression, and attention to detail.
Early 20th Century
| in addition to the colorful Art Deco and Organic styles of the period, the industrial growth at the turn of the century also signaled the age of architectural 'isms'... such as Expressionism, Modernism, and Constructivism.
Late 20th Century
| the machine age, functional design, expressed structure, and experimentation with materials all contribute to the innovative architecture of the 20th Century... the International Style, Brutalism, Post-Modernism, and Deconstructivism.
Icons of Architecture:
The 20th Century
Wonderfully presented, this book provides an engaging chronology of the 20th Century's most important architectural works. A concise yet informative description of each building is accompanied by beautiful photographs. The book also introduces each architect with a biography and history of their work.
A Momentary Vignette
'A brief, beautiful glimpse of something from the world of architecture, design, and art... poetic, subtle, and interesting!'