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Old November 25th, 2010, 11:53 PM   #1
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Is there any modern Gothic?

I love modern architecture in (nearly) all its forms. Materials and design techniques are moving forward all the time and there's lots of really innovative and exciting buildings out there.

But I also love older architectural styles. Gothic, in particular. The confident handling of structure and decoration in load-bearing masonary and, much later, iron.





My question is: Are there any architects/practices working today that do this sort of thing? I don't mean modifying or copying existing buildings (like the repairs & extension to the Midland Grand),



but actual new gothic buildings of quality? Obviously, it's an expensive style - lots of handcrafts and labour, but there are a lot of rich people in the world...

(mods move to a more appropriate forum if there is one?)
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Old June 3rd, 2011, 06:58 PM   #2
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I remember watching a program - maybe 'what the victorians did for us' or the shock of the new - and it mentioned that this building was hung entirely off a gothic arch - it only touches down where the arch does.

Also - I know its not that popular but i've always loved Minster Court in the city of London

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Old June 3rd, 2011, 07:01 PM   #3
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http://www.bdonline.co.uk/buildings/...017554.article
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Old July 3rd, 2015, 03:34 PM   #4
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Two examples of modern Gothic in the UK, that I know of, include the rebuilt St George's hall and the octagonal chamber at Windsor Castle. The roof of the former is unlike anything that existed there before, a modern version of a hammer-beam construction. The octagonal chamber (called the lantern lobby) is also unlike anything existing on the site before, and there is also a new chapel. It's ceiling is somewhat reminiscent of the lantern at Ely Cathedral. The columns are a bit strange, the bases and capitals look like tractor tyres, but apart from that it is a very beautiful and successful creation.

Another example of contemporary Gothic is the tower added to St Edmundsbury Cathedral. A nice example of Gothic revival, (Quite Pugin-esque) although possibly a bit short in relation to its other proportions.

Neither of the above examples are complete new buildings, obviously, but they are original, and not reconstructions of previously existing structures.

I would very much like to see more modern Gothic buildings going up.
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Old July 4th, 2015, 01:38 PM   #5
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St George's Hall only had a low, stocco roof before the fire (I believe dating from the Gothicicization of the early 19th century, prior to which the hall was in the baroque style). After the restoration it had a proper hammer beam roof, which is also higher, giving a more authentic medieval atmosphere.

Baroque hall:



Gothicized hall:



After the restoration/re-imagining, following the 1992 fire:



https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windsor_Castle
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The Lantern Lobby, which seems to have influenced Elvish architecture in Lord of the Rings:









http://www.venablesoak.co.uk/windsor...-oak-flooring/

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The new chapel:



http://www.alexandercreswell.com/con...%20the%20Ashes
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Old July 4th, 2015, 02:22 PM   #6
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There was a gothic-ish house on 'Grand Designs' a while back...







https://fictionarchitecture.wordpres...h-inspiration/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DK5he4JE4x4

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Old July 4th, 2015, 11:58 PM   #7
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The tower of St Edmundsbury cathedral, dating all the way back to 2000-2005.



Image from Wikipedia.

As is this of the Whittle Building, a modern addition to Paterhouse College, Cambridge:



Not too keen on the upper storeys of the wings, which look a bit too cottagey, and humble compared to the grand central section. I think the roof should have a steeper pitch, too. Any contemporary gothic building is to be encouraged, though.
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Old July 11th, 2015, 10:14 PM   #8
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Yeah, overhanging eaves just look weird in that context. Looks more like domestic Victorian stuff. Proper Gothic should be all parapets, all the time.

Nice to see this thread bumped
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hello i'm new thanks for the beautifull photos
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