Architecture can be as simple as a cube. A box that is functional and will stand the test of time. On the other hand, architecture may be devised as an elaborately detailed statement by the architect. Of course, a cube is a statement in itself and the modernists of the Bauhaus certainly presented cubes as a most beautiful design form. The clean lines appeal to many as a conceptualization of clear and uncluttered space. Bauhaus architecture greatly appeals to me, but I also love architectural eye candy that more ornate genres of architecture incorporate into design .
Architectural eye candy are the embellishments of glass, stone carvings, brick patterns and the like. Visually metal architectural jewelry delights me. The fanciful or bold uses of iron, steel, copper, bronze and even precious metals like gold and silver add an ornamental aspect to interiors and exteriors of buildings that creates another dimension to the architecture.
In this hallway, the wrought iron railing carries the eye down the stairs yet punctuates the space with a complex and open design. The repeating curves and swirls of the iron compliment the round and arched window frames. The many elements of architecture in this sepia architectural photograph are enhanced by the emphasis on lights and darks.
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