Any journey across Great Britain will afford opportunities to look at all the various forms of Architecture across the centuries!
British architecture dates back over thousands of years providing a fascinating insight into cultural, economic and social change through the ages!
Architecture - Time
Time is an important factor in Architecture:
- Social and cultural change?
- Changing needs of the population
- What materials were readily available?
- Were the materials easily accessible?
- How would the materials be transported?
- What technology, in terms of the building tools, were available?
- New building techniques, construction methods and ideas
- The Skills available? The Workforce?
- How would labour be deployed?
The answers to these basic questions relating to Architecture provide a historical doorway into the cultures of past cultures and eras.
Architecture - Location
The location is an extremely crucial aspect of Architecture. Deciding where a building should be situated was a major consideration:
- Defensive and offensive advantages?
- Located close to a river or the sea?
- Symbolic reasons for castle location?
Architecture - Design
The design of Architecture had to be a combination of practical use and the aesthetic design! Architecture styles and design had to take the following into consideration:
- What did the architecture want to convey? Fear, Awe, Domination, Envy, Submission, Respect, Power, Wealth
- Symbolic designs in the style of architecture?
- Economy - How much would the building cost?
Architecture - Summary
The different periods of Architecture reflect the great monuments and feats of engineering that have endured centuries of time. Understanding the different periods of Architecture provides a fascinating insight into the historical, cultural, economic and social changes through the ages!