Buildings that Outlived their Maker
19th Century is the beginning of International Architecture and Le Corbusier a French Architect is among the forerunners of that design. His dictum was that “a house is a machine to live in (Fletcher p. 1247).” A dictum often criticized by his contemporaries but what it mean is that “buildings must have the same precision as that of a machine (Fletcher p. 1247).”
Tempietto in Rome is a crypt but to Donato Bramante, the small circular building is a jewel to capture a certain period of time when the prince of apostles is martyred (Fletcher p. 821). For that intention, his work became not just an art but the perfection of full renaissance style in the 15th Century. In Nimes, France stood a building to this day and in fact the best preserved Roman temple built in 16 BC. Maison Carree is externally complete to this present day wherein architecture continually evolved to meet the man built environment of the 21st century man. “This temple was built to show allegiance of a colony to her imperial dynasty (Commentary).” The plan and elevation of Maison Carree differs so much with Tempietto since the circular building of the unknown architect is rectangular in shape while Bramante’s building is round but they came from both design called Roman Architecture. Though they do not belong to the same era, styles have ways to be reborn in the hands of any skillful artists. To the Architects of today, these two buildings are perfectly done by their maker and have outlived their masters. Maison Carree and Tempietto remain standing as a significant work of arts and silent witness of the past. Setting foot on those buildings, young or old would be in awe that these architects have been gifted to open the key of their civilization.
Fletcher, Sir Banister. “A History of Architecture.” A Commentary on Maison Carree (1975): p. 276 pp. 08 May, 2008 <http://www.greatbuildings.com/buildings/Maison_Carree.html>.
Fletcher, Sir Banister. “A History of Architecture.” 18th Edition, SBN 0 485 55001 6
(1975) pp. 1247and 871.