New Classical Architecture – Trend Alert
New Classical architecture is a contemporary movement not an architectural style which continues the practice of classical and traditional architecture. It’s philosophy is based on elevating the art of building to the art of architecture. It’s beauty is derived from the traditional forms that have always been its vehicles. This is the label used today for contemporary buildings. The architectural style called Neoclassical architecture is still designed today but referred to as New Classical architecture. New Classical architects have an awareness of sustainability and design to create long-lasting, well-crafted buildings of great quality with respect for natural resources and the environment.
The Smith Center is an incredible building that was designed and built to stand the test of time.
Excerpted from a blog article: Craftsmanship Series: Lighting the Smith Center
“Architects who enjoy developing all of the details of a project from massing concepts to stair railings, will understand that working on The Smith Center for the Performing Arts in Las Vegas, NV was an extraordinary experience. From the Italian marble walls and floors to the custom metal railings and grilles; the custom Venetian plaster mixes to the custom designed carpets and rugs and the custom colored mohair for the auditorium seats, the building is filled with unique finishes and attributes that make it a once-in-a-lifetime project experience.”
“Among the most stunning of these very special attributes are the decorative light fixtures. David M. Schwarz Architects (DMSAS), in conjunction with Susan Brady Lighting Design (SBLD), developed and designed an exquisite collection of fixtures for this project. The decorative fixtures are like the pieces of jewelry that complete the outfit.
These designs were then made real through collaboration with the fixture fabricator Creative Light Source, Inc. (CLS). From design through fabrication, the team worked together to make the fixtures a functional, beautiful reality.”
“Using buildings like the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building as points of departure, the design team developed fixtures that address both human scale, in their attention to detail, and the huge scale of a performance hall. In the Empire State Building, for instance, the design motifs are carefully applied to all elements of the interior. The floor pattern relates to decorative painted friezes which in turn relate to the metal etching on the elevator doors. The designs of the discrete pieces are fully integrated in the overall design of the spaces, and further customized to fit appropriately within individual spaces in the building. All parts contribute to a collection of successful pieces that make the building a singular whole. Similarly, the decorative light fixtures in The Smith Center are a distinct yet integrated component of the whole.” The preceding was authored by DMSAS Associate Ramsay Fairburn. Ramsay received her Master of Architecture from the University of Maryland in 1995 and has been with the firm since 1994.
Another example of New Classical Architecture is the Schermerhorn Symphony Center, in Nashville.
Construction took less than 3 years. It was opened to the public September 9, 2006. The inspiration for the design were some of the world’s great concert halls which were built in Europe in the late 19th century.
The sweet spot for New Classical Architecture – Trend Alert today can be found in the attraction to classical elements as design statements to counter modernism’s sterility. Classical elements, details, ornamentation used in a way that are a reflection of this time. So this blog is the first for my new series on New Classical Architecture. See past blog on The New Classicism.
Throughout the series expect lots of inspiration, information and resources. Here are some upcoming topics.
New Classical Walls
New Classical Doors and Entranceways
New Classical Fireplaces
New Classical Resources
New Classical Architectural Details
New Classical Floors
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