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Architectural Styles

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Cape Dutch

Cape Dutch architecture is a architectural style found mostly in the Western Cape of South Africa, but modern examples of the style have also been exported as far afield as Western Australia and New Zealand, typically on wine estates. The style was prominent in the early days (17th century) of the Cape Colony, and the name derives from the initial settlers of the Cape being primarily Dutch. The style has roots in medieval Netherlands, Germany, France and Indonesia.


Cape Venacular

The term refers to the local architectural language of the Cape farm houses and barns since the arrival of the settlers in the 17th century. Today “Cape Vernacular” also encompasses a modernising of the gables and other contemporary features, to create a charming residential style endemic to the Western Cape.



Contemporary architecture is a movement in which modern styles blend and share various features, relying on fewer classical building ideas. It essentially refers to the current style of architecture.


Early Victorian

In the forty-five years from 1850 to 1895, architecture in Georgia advanced from simple Greek revival forms to the massive steel-frame skyscraper. In between, architects and builders used a myriad of styles as the state endured a disastrous war, Reconstruction, and economic depressions.



Edwardian architecture is a Neo-Baroque architectural style that was popular in the British Empire during the Edwardian era (1901–1910).



International style is an architectural style that is characterized by rectangular structures and forms, simple exteriors with large glass panes and open interiors. It was developed in the 1920s and 1930s and was closely related to modernism.



Modern Architecture is based upon new and innovative technologies of construction, particularly the use of glass, steel, and reinforced concrete; the idea that form should follow function (functionalism); an embrace of minimalism; and a rejection of ornament. It emerged in the first half of the 20th century and became dominant after World War II until the 1980s.



Neoclassical architecture is characterized by grandeur of scale, simplicity of geometric forms, Greek or Roman detail, dramatic use of columns, and a preference for blank walls. The new taste for antique simplicity represented a general reaction to the excesses of the Rococo style. It began in the mid-18th century in Italy and France.


Post Modern

Post Modernism is an eclectic, colourful style of architecture and the decorative arts that appeared from the late 1970s and continues in some form today. It emerged in the 1960s as a reaction against the austerity, formality, and lack of variety of modern architecture.


Post War

Post-war is used to describe high-rise apartment buildings that offer residents amenities they didn’t have during the pre-war era, such as an elevator or doorman. Like their single-family home counterparts, post-war buildings are known for function rather than beauty.

A post-war house, thought of as a home built in the late 1940s until the 1970s, is known for having a sameness to them. But what they lack in originality, they make up in their dependable sturdiness.


Pre War

Pre-war architecture refers to buildings built in the period between the turn of the 20th century until the Second World War, particularly in and around New York City. Many mid- and high-rise apartment buildings which were built between 1900 and 1939 in New York and surrounding areas are considered “pre-war” and known for their spaciousness, hardwood flooring, detailing, and, in some cases, fireplaces.



Victorian architecture is a series of architectural revival styles in the mid-to-late 19th century. Victorian refers to the reign of Queen Victoria (1837–1901), called the Victorian era, during which period the styles known as Victorian were used in construction. However, many elements of what is typically termed “Victorian” architecture did not become popular until later in Victoria’s reign, roughly from 1850 and later.