On a blog we frequent, the ALPOLIC® Materials Blog, they prompted an interesting discussion on the relationship between modern and classic architecture.
I’ve always been partial to classic architecture, exuding history through its pores. Yet, when I think of classical architecture I envision St. Peter’s Basilica and other extravagant 16th century Italian works.
Modern architecture, to me, has a tendency to look the same, often an oversimplification of what architecture could potentially represent. Clearly not always the case, I still believe the rich cultural and historical significance of classic architecture are unsurpassed by the works of today. What do you think?
Heavy debate exists over the potential relationship between classical and modern architecture. Although the differences in style and form are most apparent, the materials used in classic, or historic, architecture differ greatly from those used in modern.
Technology plays a critical role in the inherit differences between the approaches. While most classic buildings utilize materials that were readily available such as brick and timber, modern structures tend to use industrialized materials such as glass and steel.
The mixture of the two disciplines is both intriguing and controversial. Some believe, a very contrasting and bold design is achieved, unparalleled by most one-dimensional works. While many enjoy the combination of old and new, others prefer the original structures to remain uncorrupted.
There are several different ways in which modern design is incorporated into classic architecture. Occasionally architects are given the opportunity to create an extension on a classic building, where the fusion of aged and contemporary is created. Often these works are among the most controversial.
The modern piece may also serve as a connector, a sort of bridge between the two styles.
Or, the piece may be completely unattached, not to negate from the importance of the historic building it is meant to complement.
Which approach do you find most effective?
Is there a successful way to create a harmonious relationship between classical and modern architecture, or should the styles remain separate?
Do you know of an example of the relationship between these two disciplines, either good or bad?