Thursday, September 30, 2010



compared to inside/outside of Cologne
compared to time of Amiens
compared to patron of Florence



The Amiens and the Salisbury Cathedrals are both very prominent and vital pieces of architecture to the Gothic style period. Although they look similar, and essentially give the same vibes as one another, they were each built in very different ways. The Salisbury Cathedral was one project which was completed in a time span of 38 years, whereas the Amiens Cathedral was a project taken on and left by many different builders and designers, taking over 200 years to complete. By looking at the floor plans, it would seem as if the Salisbury Cathedral was the one constructed by many different people over a course of 200 years, due to the fact that there are breaks in the progression. Over time we find constant change due to new trends and styles being longed for by the design world. To achieve a building design of earlier times, and architect must truly study and be able to relate to the styles that were wanted. I believe it would be harder to achieve a cohesive style over the course of 200 years, whereas it may not be as hard if built for 100, then picked back up on construction 100 years later. The style would be more easily recognizable than constantly trying to build. Personally, both buildings do an amazing job of conveying the medieval period of architecture, but the fact that the Amiens was built over 2 centuries of our history, I believe offers a much richer story than the Salisbury.



Interiors are very similar with the high, ribbed Gothic arches, and narrow sanctuaries with central aisles proceeding to the altar. Exteriors are not as similar due to the fact that the Cologne Cathedral seems much more detailed in decorative aspects as compared to the more simple Salisbury.
Personally, I feel as if the Cologne Cathedral has a more prominent exterior stance when compared to the Salisbury Cathedral. The aging of its material has been eroded to nearly a black color making it stand out more, and although its invitation qualities may have decreased in this process, it definitely has created a more mysterious, intriguing piece of architecture. Due to the fact that both of these were built as places to worship, the interiors surpass the exteriors on importance. The reason I believe that the two interiors are so similar, despite geographic location and time periods is the importance of verticality. The higher things were built, the more power that was implied, and essentially the closer to God the individuals become. We find this aspect through many churches, temples, and cathedral.




In everyday terms we say that every building has it's story, but hardly look into what the chapters of it consist of. For the first time, I have come to understand how it is possible for a building to have a story, and what it means to be consisting of different parts. How these in particular parts come together is how this story is compiled. In these two cathedrals we see that different pieces of the churches were donated and funded by many different groups of the society, making it a true gathering place for all. These individual moments of the building is what makes it up as a whole, furthermore creating harmony, unity, and balance within these beautiful places. I find it an amazing thing how many people it actually takes to make and idea become reality, therefore I do believe that the work put into these works came from people coming together as a whole.


The medieval time period was a very depressing time for the people who lived during it. This time was very feudal, consisting of many invasions, wars and battles for the empires who were in rule. From the history of this time, is where we derive the characteristics of the style period. Within Medieval homes we see very dark colors, with little lighting for the spaces, and many very heavy, bulky materials. There were many fireplaces which provided the warmth and comfort within their homes. Their lives were not pleasant due to the time in which they lived, so things such as these were vital to their well-being. After examining the picture given, I would assume that the maid is preparing some sort of food in the kitchen, so I would see the ceiling being lined in bulky wood, and the walls in stacked stone. The windows seem appropriate as they are small and narrow and offer minimal lighting to the space. I believe their homes offered a shield to the inhabitants from the outside world.

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1 comment:

  1. [1]very nice drawing...good discussion and comparisons between cathedrals [2] good exploration of medieval interiors