corner view / italy: amazing architecture
Andrea Palladio, "arguably the most influential architect of all time," is a son of Northern Italy.
Essentials of Palladian Style• Simple, geometric layout with main hall in the middle of plan
• Pediment-topped entrance
• Use of loggias over central rooms
• Perfect symmetry
• Sharp-edged cubical blocks
• Simple, sparse statuary
• Plain stucco exterior
• Pilasters running from pavement to cornice
• Functional but with harmonious proportions
• Arch flanked by rectangular spaces
Source: Martin Gani for Discovery Channel Magazine
One (of the many) of his famous buildings is located near my daughter's [former] school, so we've seen it every single school day for nearly five years now.
Palladio's collection, The Four Books of Architecture, provided inspiration for Jefferson's Monticello; even our beloved White House is built partially in Palladian style.
You could plan a trip to Northern Italy with the sole purpose of visiting his buildings. People do, you know.
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:: This is repost of content that was originally posted (for Corner View) on March 24, 2010! Of course I am surrounded by amazing architecture, but I ran out of time this week. It's all the fault of the gorgeous weather.