Classical Architecture: A Complete Handbook

ISBN: 9780670826131
Author(s): Robert Adam, Derek Brentnall
Format: hardback
Year published: 1990
Publisher: Viking
Publisher Location: London
Total Pages: 336
Illustrations: Illustrated in black and white throughout


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Coinciding with the widespread revival of classicism, this is a guide to classical architecture, covering elementary rules and offering practical information on the subject. The format is intended to evoke an 18th-century pattern book but with a contemporary style of drawing and writing, treating the subject authoritatively but also with wit and humour. The book will cover the general historical background to classical architecture, its application to a wide range of building types and the practical and symbolic significance of the “orders” (doric, ionic, etc.). The common features of classical buildings will be treated as pure design and as practical building problems. Further details, such as doors, porticos, fireplaces and ornamental additions like obelisks and decorative mouldings will be illustrated in a series of examples. A final section will analyze the composition of classical facades and complete buildings.


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