The Artistry of British Architecture
It is said that buildings are like books, you can easily read them just based on their style alone. When looked at this way, it is easier to appreciate the architecture behind many buildings and homes. Eventually, once you become slightly more rehearsed in their background, you will easily be able to understand it just like when you learn a language. Architecture is a form of art that possesses both grace and beauty, a thing that many traditional and modern houses in Britain possess.
Named during the Tudor period, this was the last and final phase of what is to be considered as medieval architecture. Often easy to spot a Tudor, you can recognize it by its dark timber accents and white plaster detailing often laid out in various patterns. These houses were built between the late 15th and early 17th centuries. These stunners often include beautiful grouped windows, some featuring stained glass, masonry chimneys, and half-timbering and gabled roofs.
This style started between the years of 1925 and 1939. They were often built with simplicity, harmony, and innovation. It had two parts to it, during the first half the “Zigzag Moderne” and the more “Streamline Moderne” in the decade following. Many buildings adopted this style in that time frame, places like public buildings, courthouses were all inspired by Art Deco touches, and many were not revealed until after the war. The main telling point of these structures is their mix of curved walls and sharp angles comprised all into one building. They often had flat roofs and metal railings for their balconies and stairs.
The post-war era was often characterized by their want to break from the past and the older building styles, but it wasn’t long into the 1960s before the love for older styles had been reignited, and the preservation of older buildings started. Many older style buildings were being renovated and modernized without the compromise of their most beautiful features. This style was thought to improve upon modernism or what was considered the International Style of the building. It had been viewed as cold, harsh, and ugly rather than pleasant or welcoming.
While these are only a few of the housing styles in Britain, they can all be viewed as their pieces of artwork. Over time we have incorporated some of the traditional styles into our now modern builds hoping to keep their charming characteristics. So if you are in the UK area, take time to stop and marvel at these beautiful buildings and take in the culture and artistry that they possess.