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Old August 1st, 2015, 01:59 PM   #1
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HELP! Define that building! Understanding Building Styles & Structures....

Hi everyone,

I was out with my other half last month and noticed he had an exceptionally quick grasp on basic architectural knowledge and would be identifying building types and eras whilst I was still busy admiring them and wondered if anyone knew any basic tips for spotting such buildings.

For example, how would one best describe this building? Elevated? Annex? http://www.seewarte-flensburg.de/

I just wondered if there was any little obvious details to deceipher a buildings type/era. Thanks everyone
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Old August 1st, 2015, 02:38 PM   #2
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hmmm, I would describe that building as neo-traditionalist eclectic with a germanic/northern european medieval style influence. Features of the building include a dutch gable, tudor timber-panelling on pitched windows, a sweeping stair-case, protruding round bay and bay 'tower', asymmetry and rendering. Definitely not 'classical' and not abiding by 'academic rules' of architecture. Quite a mish-mash actually and TBH I don't find it very appealing. Oh, and yes I would say elevated or above street level, obviously designed to accommodate vehicles and hence a give-away as a modern design taking inspiration from tradition.
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Old August 1st, 2015, 02:44 PM   #3
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Thanks, Skymantel. I was thinking 'an elevated building with an annex and staircase' I'm guessing I'd have been wide of the mark??

I agree it isn't very appealing, but something about it is quite striking.
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Old August 1st, 2015, 08:53 PM   #4
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Ok, here's another one. How does one go about describing this building... is that an annexe for example?

https://www.google.co.uk/maps/uv?hl=...FciqHgodPjwFUw

*Sorry for the two German examples, I'm holiday browsing
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Old August 4th, 2015, 09:48 AM   #5
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Skymantle is not entirely right on the first one. First of all, the building is heavily altered from its original form. The gable is not a typical dutch gable, you find that sort of gable more in middle to southern germany, but is was a widely used feature on private villas of the "Heimatstil" The timber panelling is more french or to be more precise belgian, which is a hint to the belgian seaside resort architecture and gives the building the connection to its nordic environment. Last the buildings ornamentaion or whats left of it is refering to the "Jugenstil" movement. So in fact, the building is pretty eclectic.

The second Building is more of a combination of some strange sort of (nordic)Neorenaissance (the gable) with the german "Bäderarchitektur" while this window "ornamentaion" is often used on whide range of neotradtional buildings.
So as the first one, its pretty eclectic.
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