Posts Tagged ‘symmetry’

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Architecture: The Beauty of Commonality

June 12, 2014

I have had this image in my drafts since way back in 2012.  I keep trying to understand what language it speaks, like catching a non verbal dialect.  It appeared in a larger article on  India Art n Design  entitled Ethnic Zest.  If you follow the link and take a look at the article you will see the ethnic connection in the other images that are presented there, but this one is an exception.  I don’t think that there is anything particularly ethnic about the architecture, although the interior follows the Eastern tendency to put a table in the middle of the room and then arrange the furniture symmetrically about it.  Recently I  took another look.   Finally – understandable not having been raised in India –  I realized that the place is noteworthy because it is real.  Virtually every Indian residence that I have visited, and there have been quite a few, looks something like this one.  I will spare the reader a descriptive list of common elements.  If you are interested drop me a note and I will point them out.  Suffice it to say that there is beauty in commonality that is not taught, designed or planned.  It is  simply done, in this case by an architect.

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Moderation lost?

May 10, 2012

MLS/Web ID: 2870780

Not so long ago, home builders of every elk understood that employing a few fool proof tricks of the design trade could actually create enduring architecture,  serving both resident and neighbor for many, many years to come.  Symmetrical elevations and plans work, even if the individual elements are anything but classical.  Vestibules work, especially when a graceful visual presence is provided by a single story gable, glass panel walls, and matching double doors.  Arts & Crafts shed type dormers work when reinforcing a symmetrical elevation.  Multiple windows in a row work when mirrored side to side and up and down.

These elements can be read like a book.  They say this house has a living room on one side and a formal dining room with kitchen behind on the other.  Upstairs there are likely 3 bedrooms, two of them being the same in width.  The main rooms in the house are light, all having at least one wall of windows.  The house is modest, its perception grand.   I am left wondering how we have come to prefer suburban mansions, or rows and rows of urban density?  Has moderation been forever lost?

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House or catamaran?

January 29, 2012

MLS/Web ID: 206287

In order to  increase the interior living space, many old house owners are tempted to enclose a front porch, an effort that seldom works.  Here the owners worked overtime.  Not only was the porch enclosed, but it double in size,  and centering the new front door only emphasized the offset location of the main house.  It looks like the house was added to the porch,  not the other way around.  I am left to wonder who advises home owners that this type of remodel will net positive results.  For a very small fee a local architect  could have suggested many ways to expand this house that would have netted a very  real gain in property value for the same investment.  Instead we are left wondering if this is a house or a catamaran.

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Real people can’t hire dead architects.

October 24, 2011

MLS #/Web ID LO7517101

It is clear from the proportion and perfect symmetry that this is a example of what an architect can bring to a project, albeit a dead one.  I don’t know if a live architect designed this actual house, but somewhere in ancient Rome and Greece dead architects have left timeless standards of beauty and grace that were successfully applied here.