Archive for June 6th, 2011
There is one main design element that was very popular in the original Renaissance style as well as the Neo-Renaissance style is the great staircase. These were made popular by the French monarchy starting back in the 1500’s. Though slated as one of the classic examples of the French Renaissance, they were highly influenced by Italian architecture and the earlier Gothic style. While Gothic style and Neo-Renaissance don’t share characteristics, the French Renaissance was born out of the addition of Neo-Renaissance decoration to Gothic style buildings. Most architects of the Renaissance avoided drawing inspiration from the Gothic style, but insted focused more on classically styled buildings.
These staircases were extremely elaborate, often rising several stories. They were often made of carve stone, were spiral in fashion, and seated on the exterior of the building in an open, yet covered circular room to encompass it. They usually overlooked the courtyard area of the building, allowing the person utilizing it to enjoy the fresh air while still being sheltered, to an extent, from the elements. One of the main improvements that neo-Renaissance brought to this architectural staple was adding glass. This allowed the structure to remain in the true style to which it was intended.
The Neo-Renaissance period had two other major architectural styles that had great influence on it. The Gothic style has absolutely no similarity to the Renaissance style, but they appear simultaneously throughout this period. The Baroque style is viewed the same way When some of the older Gothic and Baroque buildings were remodeled, they were often adorned with the more ornamental Renaissance style.
The interiors of the Neo-Renaissance buildings didn’t have a specific style they adhered to. Instead, the design was at the mercy of whomever it was designed for. Their influence, potentially with a little from the architect itself, created style all its own. The purpose of the building was also taken into account, and decorated to reflect that. One of the most important elements that was taken into consideration was comfort