7 Architecture Facts pt.29 | Classical, Vitra, Stairs, & Stained Glass



This video is about seven facts of architecture: The term Classical is used to refer to design that borrows from the Greek and Roman styles of antiquity (600 BC – 600 AD). Architecture of the Renaissance (15th – 17th Century) and beyond commonly features stylistic elements of classicism; The Swiss architecture firm Herzog & DeMeuron designed the VitraHaus in Weil am Rhein, Germany. This unconventional building is a series of stacked archetypal home shapes that serves as a home furnishing and object museum; The Tempietto in Rome is a martyrium. Because of its circular form, classical elements, proportions and dome its considered one of the most elegant and harmonious buildings of the Renaissance. Donato Bramante was the architect; It’s likely that stained glass was accidentally discovered when earthen vessels were fired thousands of years ago. And it wasn’t until the mid 12th century that stained glass windows created with molten sand, wood ash and a variety powdered metals became common; Stairs come in lots of shapes and sizes. They can be straight run, winding, switchback, curved and spiral. The most important thing is that they are comfortable to use. Before the elevator stairs were one of the largest considerations for the height of buildings; Architects follow rules. One rule of thumb is that a powder room organized in a linear fashion should be a minimum of 6’-6” long. The toilet should also be placed a minimum of 18” centerline from objects at either side; Columns are among some of the things that hold buildings up and they have fascinated the architect from the beginning. Consequently many authentic design interpretations and iterations of the column have been created over thousands of years.

This is a video series about facts in architecture. The 15 second videos featured in the series are created by Doug and posted every day on his Instagram account @dougpatt.

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