Spain, Portugal & Italy

The Spanish, Portuguese and Italian classical scene is characterized by lots of knowledge in restoration work but only a few classical firms that build new. On the other hand all chapters of INTBAU do study tours to these countries and classical prizes are given in Spain.

For more projects from Spain, Portugal and Italy please visit this link.

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US & Canada

North America has the largest single classical scene with a wide range of firms with very high quality. Also, there is a wide range of education opportunities to study to become a classical architect.

For more projects from the US and Canada, please visit this link and this link for the US and this link for Canada.

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Scandinavia

After a positive period of classical oriented post modernism in the 1990s, the Scandinavian countries (incl. Finland) returned to extreme modernism. Few new classical projects are being built, mostly single family homes. On the upside is that an “uprising” has started that has been very successful in engaging people and getting media attention. Architects as a experts are being questioned with help of lots of humor and professionalism in debate. New classical architects are also being schooled at the Engelsberg Summer School in Classical Architecture. A big breakthrough in classical architecture seems imminent.

For more projects from the Scandinavia and Finland, please visit this link for Sweden and this one for Denmark, Norway and Finland. The phenomena “Arkitekturupproret” can be found in all four countries and Estonia.

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Poland

Poland have a vital reconstruction scene that is currently rebuilding monuments in both old Poland and the territories acquired after 1945. The scene for new traditional architecture is much smaller, but as Poland is a large country there are still some good firms that create both excellent vernacular and classical architecture.  A local group dedicated to promoting reconstruction and classical architecture is “Rekonstrukcje i odbudowy“.

For more projects from Poland, please visit this link.

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BeNeLux

All three countries belonging to the acronym have an evolving market of vernacular and classical architecture. Most large scale projects are in the Netherlands but the best new projects are found in Belgium. The Netherlands has many noteworthy projects of urban renewal where downtown modernism is replaced by semi classical buildings. Luxembourg is the home country of famous traditional urbanist Leon Krier but new classical developments are mostly but not entirely private homes.

For more projects from BeNeLux please visit this link and this link.

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Russia and Ukraine

Russia has a rich vernacular and classical scene with both creative heights and pastiche. Most but not all interesting projects are in the twin capitals Moscow and Sankt Petersburg. What is interesting is the ongoing experimentation with the classical tradition thus trying to move it forward. Many projects take inspiration from Art Nouveau, a style that seems especially loved in the country.

Ukraine has a lot of classical inspired projects but few truly classically trained architects. While there are good projects, one problem is that developers are allowed to add to many floors to projects thus distorting the classical proportions.

For more projects from these countries please visit this link and this link.

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Hungary & Transylvania

Hungary and Hungarian inhabited Transylvania has a strong vernacular scene. In addition there is also lots of prominent building in Hungarian organic as developed by Imre Makovecz. While not always succeeding aesthetically, it is a fresh and new take on both vernacular and classical. Lately, several reconstruction projects (buildings destroyed during WWII) have been initiated in Budapest by prime minister Viktor Orbán.

 

For more projects from Hungary & Transylvania, please visit this link.

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