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Architecture Around The World: Italy

(BAD) Blog About Design: Architecture Around The World: Italy

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Architecture Around The World: Italy
The architecture of Italy is very broad and diverse in its design. Before the Italian unification, Italy was a divined nation, therefore, each city had a different architectural style. Italian architecture is not to be classified by region or period, but rather by its architectural achievements.  During the 8th century BC, ancient Rome was one of the largest empire's in the world. This time saw the construction of arches, domes and similar structures. During the late 14th and 16th centuries, the Renaissance architectural movement placed a great emphasis on symmetry, geometry and proportion. Italy is known as being the homeland of Palladianism, a style that inspired movements such as that of Neoclassical architecture, which places a great emphasis on tall columns, triangular pediment, and a domed roof. Neoclassical architecture can be found all over the world from the White House in the USA to the Australian Museum in Australia. Italian architecture has widely influenced architects throughout the centuries. British architect Inigo Jones, brought the ideas of Italian Renaissance to England during the 17th century. American architect Alexander Davis, brought the ideas of Gothic Revival to the USA during the 19th century. (ABOVE) The city of Venice was influenced by a style known as Venetian Gothic, which combined Byzantine and Moorish architecture. The Gothic period, was a time when Venice was prosperous and the upper class funded the building of new churches and lavish properties for themselves. (BELOW 1) The architecture found on the Amalfi Coast is greatly influenced by Medieval and Byzantine styles as well as the sharp lines found in northern architecture. (BELOW 2) The Trevi Fountain in Rome, is the largest Baroque fountain in the city. (BELOW 3) Verona is known for its iconic red roofs. The city is greatly influenced by Medieval architecture. (BELOW 4) Manarola is a beautiful small town located in Northern Italy, full of colorful buildings. (BELOW 5) Completed in 126 AD, the Pantheon in Rome, is a well known building in the Roman architectural style. The Pantheon is still well known for its impeccable dome, which is still the world's largest unreinforced concrete dome.
Like Italy, Italian home pieces are all different and are not designed based on a specific region or period. Italian home pieces are absolutely remarkable as each piece has a unique form. The Sciolari Chandeliers are quite popular in Italian design. The 1970s rare Sciolari chandelier is from Gaspare Asaro. The 1690 Italian cabinet is from Hansord. The piece reflects much of the intricate details found throughout Italian architecture. The 1989 Italian "Mongolfiera" chair by Atelier Fornasetti is from Holly Johnson Antiques. The chairs colors reflects the architecture found on the cost of Italy. You can add as little or as much to your space as you want. Don't follow rules, just do.



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