Changes in architecture do not happen overnight, but in recent years it has been possible to discern a major new trend. Buildings with decorative facades, which recall the ornate exteriors of the 19th-century Arts and Crafts and Art Nouveau movements, are becoming increasingly common.
Entire facades are being wrapped in materials evoking anything from seashells to ancient lacework; at night, these are sometimes backlit to theatrical effect in order, as it were, to animate them. Architects are increasingly exploring a building’s potential to have expressive, softer, even human qualities.
2008-07-12 – 23:36
By hal | |