About This Project:
Architecture has always been something I've been interested in and something I've been very passionate about. Architecture is an extremely broad term that would take me years to learn, so I narrowed it down to Renaissance Architecture. I wanted to pull modern architecture into Renaissance to design a building of my own.
When I first thought of a building that I would want to be making, one word came to mind: tall. The stereotypical tall, glass building found in a big city is what I ultimately wanted to accomplish. Tall buildings in big cities cause for great amounts of chaos and commotion. Loud noises and plenty of people, which is wonderful in some cases, becomes something I don't want around my building. When talking about a time period as elegant and sophisticated as Renaissance, tall and glass and popular aren't the things that need to be questioned. The detail is taken into account, as well as the structure and support. There was a question of whether I wanted to take a route through High Renaissance or Mannerism. High Renaissance would ultimately be more elegant and classic with a good amount of antiquity. Mannerism is more of an experimental type of Renaissance architecture, which is what I was trying to portray. My building is experimenting with tying Renaissance architecture to modern architecture and seeing how it works together. Columns and pillars became widely popular, not only as a decorative unit, but as a structural unit. People then took pillars, columns, and pilasters and used them as an integrated unit to support arcades or arcatives. This is where my first main focus took place.
October 10, 2017
The Renaissance Architecture incorporates a lot of elegant designs and structures. Most of the buildings that were put together in the Renaissance time period had painted ceilings, statues, and many little, intricate designs that were both exterior and interior.
I want my building to have more of a plain look with some designs that could relate to Renaissance architecture, such as the painted ceilings and different types of statues made of more modern materials, like different metals, wood, plastics, or even old car parts.
October 13, 2017
The main questions for my building is the purpose, location (city/state and suburb/city), and materials. I went from really wanting to make a tall skyscraper in a big city to wanting to have a more public type of architecture. My idea is more focused on landscape architecture with a smaller type of pavilion or building in that park. This helps convey my purpose of everyone being able to come to this place and gather knowledge and inspiration. Also, a lot of the buildings in the Renaissance time period had plazas and outdoor places to go city. They were very sophisticated and usually located between four walls in a square or rectangular form. The materials for my building/park would be greatly based on the location of where I want everything to be.
October 14, 2017
Ever since I was a kid, it amazed me that every building we enter started off as nothing. We literally are walking into a creation that used to be grass and wood. And it is such an essential part of our lives that I think that people take for granted. Architecture, to me, is much more than building a structure. It is building a home, a life, and hope. That’s why this project means so much to me.
I want my building to be built in Detroit, because I want to build hope and security in a place where those are missing. I also want to bring new culture into a place that needs growth. Bringing Renaissance architecture to a community could inspire people to create more and bring whatever they want into a community. Places like New York and LA are being constantly rebuilt. They already have hope and security, and that is why they are so huge. The location of my building then will dictate what materials I’m using.
October 17, 2016
I want a lot of neutral colors in my building and in the landscape around the building.
Having some splash of colors with different flowers and art pieces from people in Detroit. The building will have a good amount of columns and will have water surrounding this building. The building is more of a thing to look at and admire than a place to go into. The shape of the park will be rectangular and have a lot of symmetry and cubism to it. Incorporating the symmetry and rectangular shape will bring everything back to the Renaissance time period and bring that culture into the heart of Detroit, MI.
There will be benches and lamp posts around the rectangular park. The lamp post itself will be in the shape of a column or pillar, which will also pull from the Renaissance architecture, but will have a more modern light on top of that column or pillar. These lamp posts will be placed along the walk ways that are in the park.
October 18, 2016
As I stopped making sketches of everything and started using Google SketchUp, everything became a lot more clear of how I wanted it to look. The park is very symbolical to the plazas that became popular during Renaissance. I had two options for the building I was about to create: make it more of a monument that isn't useful to the public, but more of something to look at, or make the building useful and something people can walk into. When I started making the building, I first made it enclosed to see if I liked the style more and to say the least, I did not. It made the building too bulky in the flowing park. It ultimately took away from the rest of the park and, in practical terms, people could easily damage or break into a building that is completely enclosed rather than a building that is completely open.
I took out the walls and replaced them with columns that would then support the roofing. Also beams could then run along the ceiling to also give some extra support. This allowed the building to be a lot more functional to the public and gave it the look of a pavilion to fit the location a lot more. Once I finished the basics I started looking at different materials that I could use and I went with a stone flooring, wood columns and beams, and s metal ceiling to top it off. The stone would incorporate Renaissance with the contemporary materials of wood and metal.
I lastly placed a glass dome on top of the flat, metal roof. The dome took extremely long to make and caused a lot of problems and frustration with my building. The glass dome really brings Renaissance into this building, but the glass allows it to be more modern and less block like and distracting. Most domes during the early 14th to 17th century were made from stone and had very intricate design on it that went with the flow of the all stone or marble buildings that took place back then, but wood clash greatly with the building using contemporary materials and a building that is so open.
October 19th, 2016
This day was completely dedicated to working on the landscaping of my building. I started with working on the land right around the building I made. I added details like bushes and a walkway right in front of my building. The walkway was made of stone to represent the material that was most commonly used during the Renaissance time period. I then added water around the land that surrounds my building. I thought the water would add a nice contrast to the park and would separate all the grass and add some different colors to the area. It also allowed me to add more stone with the bridge that leads to the building. I debated on having this bridge in the beginning because it ultimately was based on the type of building I was making. Since the building is functional to people, it should be easily accessible to people. After all of this I made the rest of the land and added the simple walkways, which I made pretty straight and symmetrical. I started with just one walkway in the middle, but I found that this gave a lot of open space that would be filled with a lot of agriculture. I didn’t like having all this open space so I added more walkways to make different squares of open space that I would later fill with benches, lights, agriculture, and possibly a fountain. This was about as far as I got with my building for the day, but there was still plenty more to add.
October 20, 2016
After looking at all I had laid out I started to plan where I wanted to place everything to keep the symmetrical look to it. I added lights that also tied into Renaissance architecture. The lamp posts were placed around the walkways so people could be able to go to this park even while it’s dark. The design of the lamp post took the columns that were used to support the building and brought them out into the rest of the park. The color and material that was used pulled the modern and contemporary architecture into the rest of the park. This also helped the flow and to make the connections of the theme in which I was going for. I added more benches to make the park a little more functional and inviting to people. I then added a fountain that was made of stone. You would typically find fountains in plazas during the Renaissance time period. I also found that the fountain added a certain amount of elegance to the park, which could time into High Renaissance, one of the two sections of Renaissance architecture.
October 21, 2016
As the final hours of the project role out, I start added details to really bring the whole park together and make it flow more. I add more bushes and trees to give it a splash of color and make it more agriculturally friendly. I then did some touch ups to make sure the land itself was very symmetric and the the walkways were lined up with the right things and everything was lined up with each other the way I wanted.
I was then thinking of ways to make the park more functional and I thought of putting in bathrooms. I added a boys and girls bathroom that has toilets and sinks and everything you would need. I kept the color scheme pretty neutral, using grays and whites, while incorporating metal and glass into it. The bathroom is pretty modern and doesn’t add a lot of Renaissance to the park. The bathroom was more made to be a functional unit and add the things that a normal park would usually have. I added agriculture around the bathroom to make it look apart of the park and I placed a tree with benches around it to allow a seating area in case of a wait.
If I could make some minor changes to the park I would add another bridge that leads towards the bathroom to make it more accessible to people. I would also add more benches in the building or around the building and add more plants. A lot of the plants I have are from the 3D Warehouse, which is a place that you can download objects to your projects. The items I was downloading either were to dilapidated and didn’t flow with the project or I had a lot of trouble trying to download them and they made everything lag.
Incorporating Renaissance architecture into modern architecture and contemporary art was the ultimate goal for a building that could belong in the future. Pulling together the history of the past with what is still being shaped and transformed will be talked about throughout this paper. Also, the focus on what defines Renaissance architecture and modern architecture is going to be explained.
If time would rewind back to the early 14th century through the early 17th century there would be a lot of stone walls with painted ceilings and detail around every corner. Renaissance architecture was divided into two categories, High Renaissance and Mannerism. High Renaissance takes concepts that were derived from classical antiquity that were the developed and used with great surety. Buildings with elegance and detail, such as cathedrals, were classified as being High Renaissance. Mannerism was when architects really explored using architectural forms to emphasize spatial and solid relationships. Mannerism is almost considered to be “middle class” Renaissance architecture. There’s some elegance to it, but not as much as in the High Renaissance. Therefor, a great deal of the buildings were used as public areas with a more plain look. The plan during this time period was to have everything be very symmetrical based off a module, with a good amount of cubic structures to the buildings. The symmetry then integrates into the pillars and column that were very commonly used. The pillars and columns were used not only as a decorative unit but as a structural unit as well. The columns, pillars, and pilasters were used as an integrated system to show intricate design and to support arcades or architrave. The first building to ever use the integrated system of pillars, columns, and pilasters was the Old Sacristy (1421-1440) by Brunelleschi. These integrated systems also created arches that were very commonly found. A lot of open doorways or windows would have an arch instead of being completely rectangular. A popular structure that was created in this time was the dome. The dome is a large semicircle, most commonly made from stone or marble with great detail, that is placed on the top of buildings. When using the dome in a Renaissance style, it is completely enclosed. Rarely will someone ever find an open ceiling that goes all the way up into the dome. This was most likely caused by the detail that architects added and having an open ceiling would eliminate things that were popular like painted ceilings and the white trim that runs around the ceiling.
My building is a shot to bring Renaissance architecture back to life, but in a way that is still modern. The ultimate purpose of a building that I would want to create is to have it be useful and to bring knowledge and hope to a city that doesn't have that. As I stopped making sketches of everything and started using Google SketchUp, everything became a lot more clear of how I wanted it to look. The park is very symbolical to the plazas that became popular during Renaissance. The plazas would be outdoor sitting areas with fountains and benches. They were usually found in the middle of a building and had a rectangular or square and symmetric shape to it. I had two options for the building I was about to create: make it more of a monument that isn't useful to the public, but more of something to look at, or make the building useful and something people can walk into. When I started making the building, I first made it enclosed to see if I liked the style more and to say the least, I did not. It made the building too bulky in the flowing park. It ultimately took away from the rest of the park and, in practical terms, people could easily damage or break into a building that is completely enclosed rather than a building that is completely open. I took out the walls and replaced them with columns that would then support the roofing. Also beams could then run along the ceiling to also give some extra support. This allowed the building to be a lot more functional to the public and gave it the look of a pavilion to fit the location a lot more. Once I finished the basics I started looking at different materials that I could use and I went with a stone flooring, wood columns and beams, and a metal ceiling with a painting on the bottom side to top it off. The stone would incorporate Renaissance with the contemporary materials of wood and metal. I lastly placed a glass dome on top of the flat, metal roof. The glass dome really brings Renaissance into this building, but the glass allows it to be more modern and less block like and distracting. I thought about making the dome useful and allowing there to be natural light that comes through, but I wanted to incorporate more Renaissance into my building by putting a painting on the ceiling and I wouldn't do that with it being open. I added details to the building then like lights that were placed on some of the columns on the inside and two benches that people could sit on. After the building was done I started working on the landscape. I started with making the small land around the building because I always had this image that I would place water around the building and have a bridge leading to it. I used stone pathways that were very straight and symmetric all around the park. The stone and style of the pathways pulls in more Renaissance architecture to this location. Lamp posts were put along the walkways for functional purposes, but the design of the lamppost itself was to bring in more renaissance to meet the modern. The material and color of the lamp post was modern, but the post was in the shape of the column. This also pulls the flow of the building out into the park by taking the look of the columns that hold the structure in the building and putting them into the lamp posts. Other details were added like more benches, trees, bushes, and other agriculture to add other color and make the park seem lively.
For my Art portion of this project I wanted to make my own design of a building that incorporates Renaissance and modern architecture. I wanted this building to be more public to the people so I chose a park, which would be easier to access as a public building.