International Style vs Traditional Architecture

Dear every visitors to my blog, good day. My name is Sophie. I’m an interior architecture and design student, welcome to my lovely first blog.

As you can see from the title, I’m going to talk about the characteristics of ancient architecture and modern design. Besides that, I’m going to talk about the design principles of two modernist architects, Le Corbusier and Mies van der Rohe and study about their projects.

At the end of the topic, I will talk about what is the reasons behind of the appearance of International style and the reason for the decline of International style. However, today we will only talk about traditional architecture.

Ancient architecture is part of the history of art as there are a lot of decoration or painting on the building. During the early time, paper has not been invented. Hence our ancestors would illustrate their thoughts or events on the building or by building it.

Typically, you can see carving on the wall of ancient architecture ( e.g. Egyptian Architecture, Greek Architecture) and they start to paint their artworks on the wall or ceiling ( e.g. Early Christian Architecture), sometimes you will notice mosaic stained glass in the traditional building (e.g. Gothic Architecture) as you can refer to the pictures below.

Figure 1: Egyptian Architecture-Stone carvings on the exterior of the Temple of Isis on Agilkia. (BBC Universal, 1999)
Figure 2: Greek Architecture-The Caryatid Porch of the Erechtheion in Athens, Greece. ( Classical Greek Art, 2012)
Figure 3: Early Christian Architecture-Santa Sabina, Rome. (Dimitriadou, A., 2016)
Figure 4: Gothic Architecture-Soaring stained glass window in the 13th-century Gothic Saint- Chapelle Church in Paris (Morganon, D., 2014)

In summary, during the early time, our ancestors don’t know how to write so they draw the story and events on the wall or create a sculpture to tell others like what is their god looked like. For them, architecture is just for protecting them from dangerous and recording their events or story to tell other people.

This is all from me today, and we will discuss more of ancient architecture in the next blog, stay tuned.





Dimitriadou, A. (2016) Architectural Styles / Evolution of Architecture. Available at: (Accessed: 29 November 2016).

Visual-Arts-Cork (2016) Architecture, history: Evolution of building design. Available at: (Accessed: 2 December 2016).

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