the world's most visited architecture website
i

Sign up now and start saving and organizing your favorite architecture projects and photos

Sign up now to save and organize your favorite architecture projects

i

Find the most inspiring products for your projects in our Product Catalog.

Find the most inspiring products in our Product Catalog.

i

Get the ArchDaily Chrome Extension and be inspired with every new tab. Install here »

i

All over the world, architects are finding cool ways to re-use run-down old buildings. Click here to see the best in Refurbishment Architecture.

Want to see the coolest refurbishment projects? Click here.

i

Immerse yourself in inspiring buildings with our selection of 360 videos. Click here.

See our immersive, inspiring 360 videos. Click here.

All
Projects
Products
Events
Competitions
Navigate articles using your keyboard
  1. ArchDaily
  2. News
  3. Synthesized Ornament and the Emerging Role of Minimalist Decoration

Synthesized Ornament and the Emerging Role of Minimalist Decoration

Synthesized Ornament and the Emerging Role of Minimalist Decoration
Synthesized Ornament and the Emerging Role of Minimalist Decoration , A House For Essex / Grayson Perry + FAT Architecture. Image © FAT/ Living Architecture
A House For Essex / Grayson Perry + FAT Architecture. Image © FAT/ Living Architecture

Is ornament seeing a resurgence in architectural design? Writing for The Financial Times, Edwin Heathcote examines the rising phenomenon of decoration as a growing element of contemporary architectural design. Describing FAT and Grayson Perry's recently completed 'kitsch' abode 'A House for Essex' Heathcote justifies the assimilation of decoration into the central design philosophy, thus creating an entirely new aesthetic category. "The building sits somewhere between outsider art, high culture and the most sophisticated postmodernism," Heathcote explains, adding that its decoration "is not just applied as a layer but subsumed into the architecture."

Citing Mecanoo's Library of Birmingham, Farshid Moussavi's John Lewis retail space in Leicester, and Caruso St. John's Nottingham Contemporary gallery, he notes that although there is a trend towards a "veneer of ornament" in the United Kingdom it requires further reflection in order to develop true architectural value.

You can read his article in full, here

Cite: Finn MacLeod. "Synthesized Ornament and the Emerging Role of Minimalist Decoration " 28 Nov 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/777615/synthesized-ornament-and-the-emerging-role-of-minimalist-decoration/> ISSN 0719-8884