Post Modern Style

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Post Modern Style

Post Modern
The Gherkin
Location: 30 St Mary Axe, London


This article will talk about the Post Modern architectural style and its key characteristics.


Following behind Modern architecture, Post Modern architecture emerged during the second half of the 20th century in reaction against the early 20th century. Unlike modernism’s focus on function and idealist ideas, Post Modern places design over function. And unlike any other styles at the time, Post Modern drew from all different styles for inspiration, not just one. Post Modern architects were searching for variety.


In many Post Modern architecture style driven trend, it leads to a metaphoric architecture where the building structural design are based on non-architectural forms, like a flower. Post Modern thinking can be thought of as ‘anything goes’ including the nontraditional shapes, ledges and columns for skyscrapers. This can be seen in the large oval, or pickle like shape, in the Gherkin. Color and more elaborate shapes and roofs were introduced after modernism had simplified everything. And in most Post Modern buildings, sustainability issues are addressed and of main importance not only for the materials for the construction but how the building will last over time.

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