Innovative Public Housing (Architectural Design) by Carles Broto

By Carles Broto

Whoever thinks that social housing has to intend bland hasn't ever obvious the leading edge designs laid out on those pages. color, type, bold layout and the deft dealing with of the most recent in layout know-how all outline those courses which, taken jointly, shape an explosive and thought-provoking assortment All courses are completely documented and illustrated with the architects personal notes, sketches, ground plans and lovely, full-colour photos.

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The triple porticos of St. Philip’s, which appear to T H E CITY CHURCHES 37 be unique in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century English and European church design, might be porticos framing their vestibule in emulation of the ancient temple. The possibility that the church commissioners understood their vestibule to be an “Atrium Gentium” of sorts is reinforced by the early practice in St. ⁷⁶ In this way, the vestibule functioned to separate races in ways consistent with the ancient atrium of the Gentiles.

6). ⁴⁶ A number of references to the group of pews surrounding the pulpit indicate that these were at various times reserved for the governor, the king’s officers, and masters of merchant ships. 6 Reconstructed plan of St. Philip’s (Drawing by author) the result of Johnston’s solicitations in 1714 from London merchants with South Carolina interests. In 1732 new galleries provided sixty additional pews for those who desired them but did not have the opportunity to purchase them on the floor. While the location of the stairs to the gallery remains uncertain, access to the galleries was likely gained by stairs that originated in the chambers flanking the vestibule.

The restructured proportions of the nave appear to respond to Wren’s recommended dimensions for auditoria; after 1720 the nave of the church was dramatically reduced from 100 feet by fortyfive feet to a much more compact seventy by sixty-two feet. ” In many ways, the form and plan of St. Philip’s reflects the debates over church design in London just a few years earlier. The rules and recommendations drafted by London architects, clergy, and church commissioners, however, established only a building program; colonial builders turned to a wide array of printed visual sources as they sought to implement that program.

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