A Bounce Back In Time
The clocks go back this weekend so we too are going back in time to explore the changes in architecture across Northern Ireland.
Using examples of houses for sale on PropertyPal, we see how architecture styles of the past commonly experience revival. From the Tudor era right through to contemporary architecture, we have witnessed house characteristics change, evolve and modernise. House design commonly comes around 360 – with current styles resembling what has gone before.
The Tudor period between 1485 – 1603 was popular for decorative half-timbering, steeply pitched roofs and elaborate masonry chimneys. Many of the revival examples are dominated visually with half-timbering, pitched roofs, rounded entryways and window openings. Other variants include the English cottage.
Gothic architecture originated in the 1740’s in England. It is the most familiar form of architecture seen in castles, cathedrals, abbeys and churches. During this time, design became more sculptured with ribbed vaulting, flying buttresses and pointed arches.
Georgian architecture is the style which dominated from 1714 -1830. Symmetry and multi-pane sash windows were the key characteristics. It’s the country house standing alone in its own landscaped garden. Architecture was about proportion, balance and grandeur. Window style is the main element which distinguishes the classical elements of Georgian architecture – that retains its popularity today.
Victorian style architecture refers to the reign of Queen Victoria (1837-1901). Homes were characterised as narrow and tall with towers and turrets and French windows. Inside – these homes were bursting with accessories and luxury fabrics.
Edwardian Architecture was prominent between 1901-1910 and characterised by larger spaces and lighter colours. It removed the clutter of the Victorian era, opened up the home and was regarded as a breath of fresh air.
Modern Architecture commenced in the first half of the 20th Century, becoming dominant after the Second World War. It is characterised by clean lines, simplicity and geometric forms. Architects started experimenting more with materials including reinforced concrete, glass, steel, chrome and cladding options.
Then came along contemporary architecture – which has signalled a major shift towards eco minimalism and the emergence of the ‘smart home.’ Attention is now given to utilising more meaningful, environmentally friendly materials teamed with digitalisation and expression of individuality.