Keywords: pillars, geometry, arrangements
One of the main components of this book are pillars. They are described in many different ways, so the reader can develop a deeper understanding of different possibilities to arrange and build pillars and their surroundings. We see them everyday holding up important entrances of building such as banks and government buildings, most memorable the White House.
It’s highly fascinating to see with what details the pillars were planned. Interestingly the pillars can verify in appearances, although they all share the same basic structure. If you walk through Rome, you’ll see the variety and their glory that survived through the ages. Although, you can trace back their origin to ancient Egypt they still remain a timeless architectural masterpiece that had an impact on different cultures and their fabulous architecture.
We can see the detailed thoughts and planning that went into building a pillar. The book has a wide range of different types of pillars, all of them are described with geometrical details. The book shows a repetitive structure, every pillar is clearly documented with a detailed and true to scale drawing, accompanied by a short descriptive text.
It’s truly mesmerizing how many different arrangement they put into the book of such a simple fundamental piece of architecture. Intriguingly pillars can be only decorative or also have structural purposes. For instance you can have hold an a roof or just have them as a pompous entry decoration. If you use them nowadays they are more of a decorative notion, in other words a symbol of wealth and power.
Looking back to their greek ancestors of the pillars we see how much passion they had for their building and usage of the pillars. They used them for their most holy building, the temples for their gods. It explains why they put so much effort and time consuming planning into each and every one of them.
The book describes the Doric, Ionic and Corinthian pillars which are the different types Ancient Greek pillars. The Corinthian is the most extravagant of them with their detailed leaves. The essence of the Ionic pillar is it’s usage of the spiral form on it’s top. In comparison to the Ionic and Corinthian pillar the Doric pillar is built very minimalistic and simple.
Over the many centuries new pillar creations pupped up in every culture and if they have not been pulled or bombed to the ground they are still standing in all of their glory to this day.