Re: Re: What is the tallest residential tower at present in Dublin?
Home › Forums › Ireland › What is the tallest residential tower at present in Dublin? › Re: Re: What is the tallest residential tower at present in Dublin?
To be pernickity about things, how come the other three houses are being defined by period, yet Geragh according to architectural style? Surely the former three are variant forms of neoclassicism?
In that respect, I very much doubt the IT are looking for International Style, or at the very least have reason to put down any challenge made to that end.
The long answer to that question would require too much time and detail, and there are countless books out there that would do a better job than I could in the time and space available to me here.
The short answer is that some periods are synonymous with certain styles – and equally some styles are synonymous with certain periods – and the question asked about the style one would use to describe buildings in four photographs. I have described the pictures briefly above- two redbricks, a rendered farmhouse and a modern yoke.
I see your point Graham, about neoclassicism, but to take that approach to its illogical conclusion all Western architecture is either classical or modern- when the Gothic revival came along the buildings were described as modern. And much of the architecture of the twentieth century takes classicism as its starting point, so International Style could be – and has been – described as ‘stripped classical’ (which is a version of neoclassicism, no?). And going one stage further, it could be argued that Gothic is a corruption of classical. Again, much has been written on the so-called ‘battle of the styles’.
However, to say Victorian is a period not a style seems to me very odd, because there is a definite vocabulary that goes with the term ‘Victorian style’ that separates such buildings from others built in a different variation of neoclassicism. And the same goes for Edwardian, and Georgian, and International Style. And Art Deco.
Equally, this vocabulary separates certain buildings built between 1837 and 1901 from other buildings built at that time that don’t exhibit the characteristics of ‘Victorian style’.
So I’d disagree that “the other three houses are being defined by period, yet Geragh according to architectural style”- I’d suggest they’re all being ‘defined’ by style and, as such, International Style is the correct answer to the question. That’s not to say, however, that it’s the answer being sought by the IT…:rolleyes:
Whichever way you view this debate, one thing’s for sure- Geragh is not Art Deco.