Modular construction: innovation or well forgotten old?
Today foreign professional media are literally full of information on a broad introduction into the practice of modular construction technology. Even at the recent Moscow forum "Cement. Concrete. Dry mixtures"…

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Gothic style in French architecture
The concept of the Gothic style introduced during the Renaissance as a contemptuous reference to medieval architecture. In the nineteenth century chronologically divided the Gothic in its early, Mature and…

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Architecture Rococo

Rococo, architecture rokokosaal (Rococo) style in art and architecture that originated in France during the Regency (1715-1723) and reached its climax during the reign of Louis XV, moved to other countries of Europe and dominated it until the 1780s.

The Rococo style of architecture was a continuation of the Baroque or, more precisely, its modification, corresponding to the Cutesy, frilly time.

He made the architecture of any new structural elements, but had used the old, not constraining themselves when consumed by any tradition and having in mind, principally, the achievement of decorative showiness. Distinguished by gracefulness, ease, intimate and flirtatious character.

Replacing heavy Baroque, Rococo was both a logical result of its development, and its artistic antipode. Baroque Rococo combines the aspiration to perfection of forms, however, if Baroque tends to the monumental solemnity, Rococo prefer grace and ease. Continue reading

France. Chartres Cathedral.

“Now do not build Gothic cathedrals. In the old days people had convictions; we, the contemporaries, there is only opinion, and opinion is not enough to create a Gothic temple.” Heinrich Heine

“Chartres Cathedral – the place where an atheist feels uncomfortable.” Napoleon

Gothic… there is nothing more majestic and sublime, nothing has the same impact even on the most meager imagination, even on the most pragmatic and insensitive the brain, on the coldest mind, not bound by religion, superstition and mysticism… This stone, which was thirsty for a day, devoid of weight, aspiring to heights, the triumph of the spirit over the defeated decay. Awe causes involuntary recognize the authority and power of the Gothic.

But it is a grim reminder of the impermanence of all things, this is a severe warning to those who think about themselves too much, fell into pride, did not heed that “everything is permitted, but not everything is permitted”, has forgotten that he is only a grain of sand in the Universe… Continue reading

The Gothic quarter

The historic part of Barcelona called the Gothic, is considered the pearl of the Catalan metropolis. Stone buildings, palaces and mansions, churches, apartment houses, narrow streets and squares of the quarter kept secrets of the middle ages.

Part of the city where well-preserved architectural masterpieces is dominated by buildings in the Gothic style, after restoration in the early twentieth century was called the Gothic quarter. The architecture of other styles: Baroque, Romanesque, Renaissance, and the remains of the Roman period can be organically intertwined with the Gothic.

Begins this quarter from Plaza Catalunya, located between the Rambla and Avenida de Laetana. Here preserved medieval layout: the curves of narrow streets as streams tend to the rectangular space. Most of the buildings of the historic quarter dates back to the XIV-XV.

The Central attraction of the Gothic quarter – Cathedral. Here starts the tourist route through narrow historic streets, where every building is an architectural masterpiece. The Cathedral is a functioning Church Institute available for visiting tourists. There are many historical relics in Barcelona. Continue reading