Architectural Record Volume 4

Architectural Record Volume 4

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1894 edition. Excerpt: ... For in the latter's own lines it is more the degree of consonance which may be noticed than a comparison of consonant and discordant. She is seldom positively discordant except when men take the trouble to make her so. But, that the harmony of her color, or the quality of tone, depends upon just such principles of unity painters show us every day. We have in the sphere of architecture examples of the necessity of repetition of elements in such features as a row of columns, which must naturally be equally spaced (unless there is some other regular system of grouping), and the line of arches in a nave, which, though they differ to some extent in detail of ornament, would scarcely be made of various heights and spans. A pattern for a wall surface repeats itself in regular spacings, not simply because it is cheaper to do it so, but because the effect is more pleasing than restless impression which would be made were it laid out with no system. Its skeleton lines are a system of squares, rectangles, or other simple figures; as is also the skeleton of a good architectural plan. As to the combination of objects more distinct, we may cite a building having wings nearly detached. These must be treated with some similarity of line or feature to the main mass or they cannot be brought together for a unity of effect. This principle is so evident in all designs that there will be no necessity to multiply instances of it. The law of symmetry is a sort of epitome of it. Of course when such things are too baldly done, a tiresome monotony is the only result. Variety there must be or there is nothing to harmonize. The feeling of the Greek, the Burgundian, the Italian, as to what is the proper proportions of variety and uniformity have differed somewhat. But, in...show more

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  • Paperback | 146 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 8mm | 272g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236587081
  • 9781236587084