Form and organisation – THE GOLDEN SECTION

THE GOLDEN SECTION The properties of proportion of the golden section have been employed by architects, artists, mathematicians, and musicians since the acient Greeks reconignized its proportional ordening in the human body. Even tody many believe it to contain mystical qualities, whose unique mathematical and geometrical relationships create a harmonic condition that is nature’s aesthetically…

Aeral View of the Millennium Dome, London – ENGLAND

The Millennium Dome, also referred to simply as The Dome, is the original name of a large dome-shaped building originally used to house the Millennium Experience, a major exhibition celebrating the beginning of the third millennium. It is the ninth largest building in the world by usable volume. Located on the Greenwich Peninsula in South East London, England, the exhibition was open to the…

Form and organisation – PROPORTIONING SYSTEMS

PROPORTIONING SYSTEMS Though proportions and ratios are often thought to be the same thing, ratios, in fact, indicate a relationship of quantity or size between or among more than one thing; proportions establish a balanced relationship of parts to each other or to a greater whole. In architecture, proportion provides visual and spatial order as…

Historic Shot tower within glass Dome, Melbourne shopping Centre, Victoria – AUSTRALIA

Coop’s Shot Tower is a shot tower located in the heart of the Melbourne CBD, Australia. It was completed in 1889 and is 50 metres high. The historic building was saved from demolition in 1973 and was incorporated into Melbourne Central complex in 1991 underneath an 84 m-high conical glass roof. Coop’s Shot Tower is 9 storeys high, and has 327 steps to the top.…

Form and organisation – RHYTHM AND REPETITION

RHYTHM AND REPETITION Rhythm uses a regular or ordered repetition of dominant and subordinate elements or units to create an organizing series of like forms or spaces; Repetitive or recurring compositions may be used to create order and alignment or seeming disorder in an organized manner. repetition of elements may be used for decorative purposes,…

New River George Bridge near Fayetteville, West Verginia – USA

The New River Gorge Bridge is a steel arch bridge 3,030 feet (924 m) long over the New River Gorge near Fayetteville, West Virginia, in the Appalachian Mountains of the eastern United States. With an arch 1,700 feet (518 m) long, the New River Gorge Bridge was the world’s longest single-span arch bridge for 26 years; it is now the fourth longest. Part of U.S. Route 19, its construction marked the…

Form and organisation – ORGANIZING PRINCIPLES

Axis A line defined by two points in space and about which elements, spaces, and forms are arranged. Types of axes Symmetry A composition that is identical on opposite sides of a dividing line or central axis, creating a formal balance. Rotational Symmetry Symmetry about a Center Point Symetry of Order 4 (object matches itself…