Art Styles Best Used in Architecture

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Buildings may be large structures, but a lot of them are pleasing to the eye. A large part of that has to do with the architectural design. Although as a whole it includes much of its planning and technical details, aesthetics is also a major component of it. It is especially amazing to see buildings that have a radical design. When you have a work of art like the Gherkin stand out amidst a sea of angular skyscrapers, you can consider that an accomplishment. It strives to get your attention, and it is successful in doing so. Of course, if it looks good outside, it should not disappoint inside. You can admire its stair architecture design. And if you are up to the challenge, scale its steps and find out if you can make it to the top.

That is just one of the modern design’s greatest examples. There are other visually striking architectural styles out there. Which one is your favorite?


You can say that Bauhaus is an art movement that can be included in modern architecture. It started in 1919 and originated as a German art school. Its look is characterized by a creating combination of basic shapes and then making a repeating pattern out of them. It does not focus too much on symmetries, and it tends to throw a curveball in the form it is creating. One example is inserting a slanted slide to an otherwise perfect cube.

Art Deco

The Art Deco movement started in 1901, and it was born out of the decorative artists of that time, hence its name. The designs usually combine arcs and curves with sharp angles and presented or framed with perfect symmetry. Expensive materials were also often used to realize the artist’s vision, resulting in a luxurious-looking masterpiece. Two of the most famous structures inspired by this movement are the Empire State Building and Chrysler Building, both in New York.



The Beaux-Arts architectural style came from France and started in the 1830s. It mainly features a combination of classic design mixed with some sculptures. Arches and pillars are common features among its examples. The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York is a building created with this style.

Minimalism and Maximalism

Minimalism is a modern art movement that started in the United States several years after World War II, around the 1960s. As the name implies, it is a style that emphasizes anything minimal. That could be minimal strokes of lines, angles, or objects. It gives off a clean aesthetic while also encouraging practicality.

Maximalism, on the other hand, is the direct opposite. This style started in the mid-’60s, and it is a proud display of all things excessive. No space shall be left unfilled or undecorated. In contrast to minimalism, this is a look that can be seen as chaotic or cluttered.

Which art movement or style best suits your personality? No matter which you choose, you will agree that these are very influential to a lot of modern structures today. You can expect these not to go out of style even after decades have passed. Who knows, maybe by then you will still be reminiscing and talking about them.

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