Baroque tendencies in contemporary architecture

Kurtoğlu, Dilşad
Recently, there has been a significant interest in the term “baroque”. The term has been explored by scholars as a concept that provokes new ways of historical conceptualization in contemporary culture and artistic productions. As it is observable that in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries, many phenomena that are commonly associated with the seventeenth century Baroque, such as theatrical effects, excess, complex forms, curved and bulging surfaces, illusionistic, even decorative devices, though in a different guise, has been re-emerging in contemporary design culture, this study claims that contemporary approaches to spatial design use a baroque discourse that distinguishes them from the others of the recent past. The study uses the Baroque as a tool to analyze contemporary architecture, constructing a relationship between the art and architecture of the Baroque and the last two decades through an analogical reasoning over a set of works. The aim is to understand the relation between the Baroque and the contemporary design tendencies and to see whether these tendencies can be understood with the term “baroque,” regarded as a paradigmatic entity rather than a style. Throughout the study, the term is considered as a transhistorical concept rather than just a phenomenon particular to a period confines of which are roughly defined as the seventeenth century.


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Citation Formats
D. Kurtoğlu, “Baroque tendencies in contemporary architecture,” M.Arch. - Master of Architecture, Middle East Technical University, 2014.