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The orders as ornament of the Bijloke

Today the orders are something of the past. Modernism has done away with the idea that one specific set of ornaments is necessarily relevant for the architectural project, and that the composite character of a building should be expressed for visual or aesthetic reasons, or that specific historical references, such as the orders, are at the very heart of architecture. However, despite this so-called irrelevance of the classical orders, proportion and proportionality are still important themes in architecture, yet mostly implicitly.

With this critical reflexion, we want to examine in this exercise how the design system of the orders can be applied in a complicated setting in Ghent: the Bijloke. The Bijloke is an aggregate of separate buildings, each with their own visual structure, dating from a range of historical periods. Some buildings or building parts are relatively autonomous, other, often later additions try to adept or to create a local structure.

This exercise is part of a collaboration between two courses, namely Architectural Theory I and Architectural Design II in the second bachelor.