I recently developed an interest in Classical architecture due to work requirements. I personally think this is the truly timeless and classic style, developed since the Greek and Roman eras. All of a sudden, Doric, Ionic and Corinthian columns fascinate me, and I am excited to find out how architraves and pediments relate to the columns.
Ludwig Mies Van de Rohe, the architect who pioneered the Modern building style and inspired much of our current glass and steel buildings, quoted that ‘Less is more’. But, buildings with Classical elements seem to look more magnificent and are more able to stand the test of time.
By saying that, I do not reject the idea of clean and simple looking buildings. ‘Fountainhead’ by Ayn Rand, was a great book to understand the ideas and principles behind the birth of Modern architecture, although the book was essentially about people, not architecture.
I used to think that Classical orders are irrelevant to today’s design. But I have also started to think that it will be interesting to find ways to combine contemporary style with Classical elements. Obviously I am not the first to have come across this thought, but I figured this can be my new design direction. I am glad that there are many Classical as well as Neo-Classical buildings in London and it’s perhaps not too late for me to pay more attention to them.