It doesn’t matter where in the world you are based, it’s hard not to become intrigued about how different architectural styles have developed. From decade to decade there are changes and while at the moment they might appear to be subtle, over a longer period of history the advancements are immense.
This is something that Abraham Cababie Daniel has worked within significantly over his career in real estate. Bearing this in mind, we have today spoken to him and found his views on what the major architectural milestones have been over recent history. While we won’t start the guide by going as far back as the ancient Egyptian times, we will delve back in history and find out about the architecture that has shaped our cities today.
The Renaissance era
Let’s start back with the Renaissance era, which was between 1400 and 1600 AD. It was mainly the likes of France, Italy and England which benefited from this style, with builders wanting to head in the direction that had been present in the likes of ancient Greece and Rome.
Straight onto Baroque
Just as the Renaissance era was ending, in came the Baroque. This is something that differed slightly between regions, which made it particularly interesting. For example, over in Italy it tended to sum up dramatic churches that were fitted with unorthodox shapes – all performed with an aura of extravagance. However, if one was to look at Baroque France, it would become clear that it was a little more classical. The classical form of Baroque managed to find its way to Russia and if you were to visit St. Petersburg, you would see plenty of the Baroque ideas implemented there.
Into the 1900s: Neo-Gothic
Of course, there was plenty in-between Baroque and this next form of historical architecture. However, for the purposes of simplicity, let’s now move onto a favorite. Admittedly, it might be rare to find a modern building that ever uses a Neo-Gothic style, but it’s still popular in refurbished buildings.
It would be fair to say that it uses a rather unique form of architecture, with Gargoyles and arched windows being common themes. It’s certainly very detailed and if you look hard enough you will see plenty of examples considering the fact it was most prevalent between the early 1900s right the way to 1930 AD.
Next in the 1900s: Art Deco
The next style comes in the form of Art Deco and if we were to describe it in the most basic terms possible, it would be “zigzags” and “lines”. These are the shapes and styles that buildings constructed in the Art Deco style use – which might appear strange when you consider that the original buildings were based on ancient Egypt.
The emergence of modern
Now, it’s all about being modern. Whether it’s Art Moderne, Brutalism or Structuralism, there are umpteen examples of these across our buildings. This has been the case since the early 1900s and while there is also the era of postmodernism and neo-modernism, these are more reactions to the initial style.