Patterns in Modern Architecture Jackson Attwood, Rory Cottrell, Seth Lindsey

Architecture is more than just the structure of a building, it is also a form of art.

Having patterns in architecture is not a new concept. For thousands of years people have been using patterns in architecture for two main reasons. Structural stability, and aesthetics. But before we go any further, you might be asking, "how is this related to math? Well, as said by Lynn Arthur Steen in The Science of Patterns, "Mathematics is a science of patterns". Plus, math is basically the driving force behind architecture.


We have found that the most common pattern in architecture would be columns. They have been around literally since the concept of architecture. They are integral for structural stability, so the structure doesn't cave in on itself, and when done right, they can look pretty spiffy. You may say, how are columns a pattern? The way they are designed is a pattern, and the way they are used is a pattern. Columns are almost always used in a pattern to keep the structure from falling apart. Since they are necessary for stability in large structures, you might as well make them look pretty.


Another part of architecture that we would like to go over is windows, your walking in the big city and you look around and see a towering sky scraper. What is the first thing you notice? The stunning, sleek, impressive windows on the building. What are the patterns? Well the patterns in windows is how the designer places them, The windows repeat in the same direction or have shapes that the windows make. This makes the building look really impressive , also this makes the building nice to look at.


Now, we would like to talk about triangles and how they are used in architecture. Due to the rigidity of triangles, and how they are very difficult to deform, unlike squares, they are used quite commonly in architecture. Plus triangles can be used to create interesting aesthetic features, like the picture above.


With modern architecture on the rise, it has brought a less commonly used shape to the world of architecture, the circle. In the past the circle wasn't commonly used because it was just too difficult to accomplish. Now that we have the proper tools to use circles in architecture, we have found them to be quite pleasing to the eye. They serve no other purpose other than to look good, and most people find the soft roundness of circles to be quite pleasing.

Key stones

What are keystones? What is their purpose? When were they used? I will tell you all about this. A key stone is the big rock at the top of an arch, Its purpose is to distribute weigh across the arch to hold up lots of weight.

A basic keystone

This type of arch was used way back when and mostly found in church cathedrals. You can also find this type of arch in bridges to let water through. Their only purpose is to hold tons of weight and look good while doing it.

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