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World-Class Architecture: Italianate Styles and Structures

May 11, 2022

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If someone were to seek a country that produced structures and works of art with the richness of the highest caliber both culturally and historically, there is one popular example: Italy. Italian architecture, to be more specific, has produced structures over the course of history that have proven what it really is to push further the boundaries of what humans can plan and build. From unique bridges that provide passage across rivers to the use of aqueducts – one of the earliest forms of plumbing systems – which transport water over long distances through channels. The architectural heritage of Italy has gone as far as shaping and influencing modern architecture and lifestyle. Hence, if you want a glimpse of the source of inspiration for a Crown Asia Italian-themed House and Lot for Sale, this blog is just for you.

 

A Brief Overview of Italian Architectural Styles and their History

Music, cuisine, and literature are not the only areas where Italy has created achievements. Its architectural history has produced many structural wonders that have challenged the norms of what it is to be truly aesthetic, and this has impacted building design on a global scale. Given this, four “Italian-origin architectural styles” are significant in particular.

 

Gothic

 

gothic style

 

Gothic architecture is characterized by a wide series of continuous walls with spaces shaped like a cavern, and these walls are usually divided with tracery covering their surface. This architectural style is purposed to offer solutions for preserving natural light in tall structures. The Gothic architectural style in Italy was similar to variations used in Spain, Britain, and Germany, however, Italy would differ in its use of unique yet aesthetic materials – just like what you would observe in Amalfi or Amici Lot Only for Sale. Rather than using stone to build Gothic structures, Italian Gothic architecture made use of marble and brick as structural materials. Italian Gothic structures were also heavily influenced by religious motifs and themes – particularly those inspired by Christian or Biblical narratives. At its core, there are five elements: “ornate decoration, flying buttresses, large stained glass windows, ribbed vaults, pointed arches.”

 

Renaissance

 

Renaissance architecture

 

Renaissance architecture was birthed in the midst of a time when Italy’s Gothic architecture was still prevalent; and in time, Gothic architecture would soon be replaced. Essentially, this Renaissance architecture was a “rebirth” of the blend of cultures of Rome and ancient Greece, otherwise known as Classical culture. Hence, ancient architectural forms originating from Rome – “the tunnel vault, the column, the dome, and the arch” – were core elements in Renaissance architecture. A defining characteristic of this architectural style is that proportions were key to achieving the highest standard of beauty. This notable characteristic is what sets Renaissance architecture apart from Gothic architecture. And in Crown Asia’s Italian-themed Citta Italia or Vittoria House and Lot for Sale, you won’t be disappointed in how beauty and quality of standard living are given high importance.

 

Neoclassical

 

Neoclassical architecture

 

Neoclassical architecture came to fruition out of the “passionate yearning” of Italians for a unique heritage and culture that they could call their own back in the 1700s. As a result, this architectural style embodied two key characteristics: “simple geometric forms” and “grandeur of scale.” Italy’s Neoclassical architecture literally contains the words “neo” meaning “new” and “classical” referring to the “old” classical culture that consisted of Roman and Greek cultures. Hence, Neoclassical architecture embodies a hybrid between the old and the new Italian cultures, during the time that it was birthed. The use of walls, columns, and a design that preferred one that is simple yet grand is what is characteristic of Neo classical architecture; and such taste for aesthetics will be what you may find in Crown Asia’s Vita Toscana or Ponticelli House and Lot for Sale.

 

Modern & Contemporary

 

Contemporary Italian architecture

 

Contemporary Italian architecture reframes how building design should be done. With the reputation that previous Italian architecture had laid, the contemporary time period proposed the idea of “challenging” such “past glory” while considering modern urbanism. A defining characteristic of contemporary Italian architecture designs that is “suave and lustrous,” with the use of colors that pop in a manner that is visually pleasing on sleek designs. Italy's contemporary architecture aims to be “sharp and multi-faceted,” taking inspiration from different styles in order to achieve an aesthetic that blends only the best features from styles that are already appealing – and such characteristics may be present in Crown Asia’s Fortezza or Vivace House and Lot for Sale.

 

Structures that are Great Examples of Italianate Architecture

Apart from the characteristics of Italian architectural styles, actual examples of Italian architecture may give a further view of the beauty and architectural craftsmanship present in Italy. Let’s tackle some examples.

 

St. Peter’s Basilica

 

St. Peters Basilica

 

A fantastic example of Renaissance architecture, St. Peter’s Basilica embodies the idea of Rome being the “home of Christianity.” Although its exterior is already visually impressive, a view of its interior – especially the design and décor of the dome’s interior – will show you how Renaissance architecture really emphasized how detail and proportions are the standards for what is deemed beautiful. Additionally, this structure is the tallest dome in the world.

 

Bosco Verticale

 

Bosco Verticale

 

Bosco Verticale consists of two residential towers serving as an aesthetic landmark by combining characteristics of “urban and technology” and “architectural biodiversity.” These two high-rise buildings are an excellent example of contemporary Italian architecture, embodying a sleek urban style that uses neutral colors that take advantage of the greenery whose colors “pop” in a visually pleasing way. The “plant component” of this structure incorporates both a “man-managed” and “natural” habitat.

 

The Colosseum

 

The Colosseum

 

Being one of the most well-known structures across the world, the Colosseum is a structure that had the capacity to have 50,000 spectators during the time that it was still used for bloody battles between gladiators under the hot sun. Moreover, performances from mythological and historical events were also re-enacted in the Colosseum during the time that it was still used. If you were to view the Colosseum yourself, you would definitely notice all the arches and columns that make up the area surrounding the arena – this kind of architecture is actually from the Classical culture (ancient Roman architecture), which is where Italian Neoclassical architecture was derived from.

 

Furthermore, this structure was also called the “Flavian Amphitheater,” because it was built as a gift to the Roman populace during the period where Flavian emperors reigned. After the Western Roman Empire’s fall, however, the Colosseum started to deteriorate, further damaged by earthquakes and lack of maintenance. It was only in the 1990s that restoration projects were conducted to preserve the Colosseum.

 

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