Architecture
19/Jul/2022
5 minutes

Classical Architecture Is Taking Over Modernism And Here’s Why

It seems that the modern world has a place for classical architecture, with more and more classical properties being constructed. The move away from the modernist pull that has had a firm grip on us for decades is prominent in architecture right now, but, why exactly?

In this read, we take a look at why classic architecture is experiencing a big boom and what this means for the future of architecture. Though many differentiate the two, there is indeed a lot in common between modern architecture and traditional architecture!

Classic Architecture In A Contemporary Setting

Traditional architecture can be found in every corner of the globe, not least in London. The U.K’s capital is rich with architecture, especially buildings that exude a traditional sense of design. Westminster Abbey, the Tower of London, and Regent Park’s villas are just a few examples of the traditional buildings you can marvel at in the city and it seems they’re serving as inspiration for architectural designers of the here and now.

Despite being constructed some time ago, classic architecture is still as relevant today. With classicism being where it all began in the world of architecture, the fact that traditional architecture is resurfacing really comes as no surprise.

However, one question to pose is whether classic architecture can exist in a contemporary setting? We’re not the only ones to enthusiastically answer ‘yes!’ and here’s why.

Classical Buildings Inspire Modern Buildings

Without classical architecture, we wouldn’t have our modern marvels. While the style of classic buildings has been considered outdated over recent years, their structures and form paved the way for modernism. As with any art movement, the move towards contemporary must start somewhere. Classic principles in architecture have existed for centuries and because architecture focuses on innovation reinventing old architecture with modern design is a hallmark of innovative creativity at its best.

What Are The Features Of Classic Architecture We’re Seeing More Of In Design Today?

Modern architecture is all about the use of modern materials, traditional architecture strips it back to basics. When we look at the history of a building, we inherently focus on its aesthetics first. It’s all about how the building looks before we build up the picture of the once-forgotten homeowners that resided in it. Traditional buildings have a way of telling stories through their remarkable exterior and internal elements – it only takes an old fireplace to set an imagination wild. So, with this said, we’re seeing a move towards a modern way of bringing about the traditional features we so dearly love. The design aesthetics that allow us to tell a story about a house.

An example of how classic architecture is being reborn in modern times is the use of proportion in design. The classic design placed emphasis on angular frames, symmetry, and the use of natural materials. More architectural designers are incorporating these design principles into modern builds to pay homage to the traditional style we continue to celebrate while also merging with modern style too.

Can Classical And Modern Architecture Coexist?

We’ll start by asking this: can traditional art and contemporary art be displayed in the same gallery? The answer is yes, of course. And, the answer is the same as the question above. There should never be a classical architecture vs modernist architecture debate, rather we must appreciate both as individual design achievements.

The Tower of London stands in front of The Shard in London – a perfect example of how classic and modern architecture coexist in a beautiful, unique way. London is the epitome of blending old with the new and doing so in a tasteful and celebrated way. So long as we respect both modern architecture and classic architecture as their own entities while recognising their relation to one another, we can continue to be inspired by each.

Classicism Is The Core Of London’s Architectural identity

Despite modern architecture continuing to rise in London, it is classicism that sits at the city’s core. The traditional architecture will always be at the heart of the city and tells the stories surrounding the city’s culture and relevance in British history.

Even the most modern architecture in London cannot override the architectural beauty of some of the city’s oldest buildings. So, while modern architecture is constructed, the traditional architecture only continues to serve as inspiration for the contemporary.

What Is The Future Of New Classical Architecture?

The modern movement of celebrating traditional architecture in all of its glory isn’t going to halt anytime soon. Known as new classical architecture, architectural designers are using contemporary materials to create classic building designs.

Of course, classic design in architecture is based on traditional design principles as discussed but in present times, the structure of a classically designed building can differ, as does its environment. With the impact of new technology playing a part in construction today, there is a merging of both old and new taking place across the architectural world.

What Materials Are Used To Construct Classic Buildings Today?

Classicism utilised materials that were readily available with a big focus on visual appeal. That’s why throughout history, we have seen vernacular architecture which sources local materials unlike modern styles of buildings today.

Such materials required to construct classic buildings included the likes of brick and teak wood, for example. Today, modern structures are more inclined to use industrial materials such as glass, steel, and composite metals.

However, the recent resurgence of classic architecture means that more architectural designers are turning back to the natural environment. The types of materials being used across designs are of an organic nature and help to bring about the classic styles with modern touches.

How Our Architectural designers Can Bring Your Architectural Project To Life

Our architectural designers are all experienced in the application of classic architecture principles. If you’d like Christopher David Design to help you plan, design, and build your dream home, get in contact with our team today. We’d be delighted to learn more about your project and provide advice on the next steps.

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