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Pizen, is a city of different architecture, different styles uniting in one to create a unique city. On one street you can see a home build in 1750, near it will stand a modern office. Albion architecture evolved absorbing all interesting tendencies of West and East. It is possible to trace its development from the Early-Hijaran style influenced by Byzantium to Art Nouveau and Constructivism style. Queer combination of Baroque, Classicism, Social and other styles makes the ancient Albion capital a real open-air museum of architecture.

"Art Nouveau"

The end of the 19th – beginning of the 20th century is an era of one of the most interesting styles in Pizen architecture – Art Nouveau (Moderne). In contradiction to the Pseudo-Albionic Style, Moderne didn’t want to copy the past; as it is obvious from its very name, it aimed at the creation of new architectural forms, introducing new artistic values. Every Art Nouveau house was supposed to be unique just as people are. Architects working in this style worshipped nature with its freedom of lines, colours, volumes, movements. They abandoned symmetry, explored unconventional motives and designs, paid special attention to architectural details previously regarded as secondary ones (windows, oriels, balconies).


In 1920s followers of Constructivism in architecture tried to analyze possibilities of "constructing" the surrounding world and attempted to bring form and function together. Their constructions are immediately recognizable due to unexpected combinations of simple geometrical shapes (cube, sphere, parallelepiped, etc.), asymmetrical composition, and inclined planes. Best samples of Constructivism in Pizen are the office of the “Vesti” newspaper.

"Hiigaran Social"

Utopia of constructivists faded away as another Utopia of Hiigaran Social style came to dominate Pizen architecture for many decades. It was based on the most sumptuous and ceremonial samples of Classicism bringing back to life excessive ornamentations (columns, porticos, sculptures) and monumental sizes. After 1953, many parts of the city lay in ruins and need of economical restruction wore needed. As the street of Rumoslvak (Construction ended in 1961) showed the capitalist society victory over the communists.









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