Discussion assignment – gothic inspired architecture


Using this week’s Instructor Presentation as a guide, research and present a work of contemporary architecture that owes an architectural legacy to the Gothic. Post an image of your example, a paragraph identifying the work, its architect, location and date, as well as the basic information – use, program, size, etc.

In addition, explain specifically what makes this contemporary work Gothic. Is it the relationship between the structure and the building envelope, or ‘skin’? Is it the way the vertical structure is supported to achieve great height that is reminiscent of ribbed vaults, pointed arches or flying buttresses? Is it the philosophical idea about light and divinity? And finally, what is the aspirational idea behind this contemporary architecture and how does it resonate with the principles of Gothic architecture?