Architectura: Elements of Architectural Style

Author(s): Miles Lewis


Art lovers, art students, and vacation travelers to world-famous sites will relish this beautifully bound and lavishly illustrated book. It explores and explains the architectural elements of buildings and monuments--the arches, domes, roofs, walls, entrance ways, windows, arcades, and ornamental details that give each structure its own distinctive character. Discussing these elements from both an aesthetic and a practical, structural point of view, this beautiful volume presents technical drawings as well as interior and exterior photos of architectural landmarks around the world. Structures examined range from the buildings of classical Greece and Rome to the giant modern Gateway Arch that overlooks the Mississippi River in St. Louis. Variations on architectural elements are illustrated and analyzed. For example, a discussion of the arch includes examples of--

The Roman Arch --both as incorporated into buildings and as stand-alone monuments, for example, the "Arc de Triomphe" in Paris
The Lancet Arch --the elongated, pointed arch that distinguishes Europe's Gothic cathedrals
The Ogee, or Venetian Arch --an ornate arch used, for instance, in Venice's Palace of the Doges
The Four-Centered Arch --an elliptical or pointed arch used, for instance, in Moorish Islamic buildings Readers will develop a deeper understanding and appreciation of what went into the planning and construction of cathedrals, mosques, seats of government, private mansions, office blocks, apartment complexes, museums, castles, monuments, towers, and theaters. Hundreds of full-color photos and illustrations. (sidebar) " Architectura " Analyzes Great Buildings in Detail including-- The Hagia Sophia in Constantinople (now, Istanbul, Turkey), an edifice of the late Roman Empire. It was built as a Christian church in the fourth century by the Emperor Justinian. Transformed into a mosque in 1453 by the Ottoman Turks, it stands today as a great museum. Architectura examines the construction of this monumental building, using detailed cross-section drawings to demonstrate how ancient Roman architects and engineers built its great central dome.

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"Readers will enjoy fresh analysis of familiar structures (from the pyramids to the Great Wall) and delight in the ragbag of fun trivia (the spire of the Empire State Building was intended as "a mooring mast for zeppelins") and the enduring mysteries of ancient architecture (e.g., how builders excavated the largest block of stone in the world, now the unfinished obelisk of Aswan.). The paeans to earthly materials--tinder, slate and brick--are this book's unexpectedly moving highlight."

--"Publisher's Weekly", April 21, 2008

General Fields

  • : 9780764161704
  • : Campus Press
  • : Campus Press
  • : 3.361
  • : October 2008
  • : 339mm X 262mm X 41mm
  • : United States
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Miles Lewis
  • : Hardback
  • : very good
  • : 399
  • : illustrations