Mediterranean 'Style' Architecture

Regions 'Style' of Architecture - When style is a bad word

To use the Mediterranean region's vernacular building materials and design characteristics in the Texas Hill Country will render a successfully convincing Mediterranean 'style' residence, if executed with skill by your architect. But with one more ingredient you can proceed beyond 'style' and create something truly noteworthy —a traditional Mediterranean residence poised for habitation in the Texas Hill Country. This ingredient is the illusion of Age!

By adding the ingredient of Age, we mean building so as the completed space in which you will live does not appear to be designed by one architect and built by one builder. In other words, your home has evolved over the generations, and perhaps centuries, to what it is today. An architect skilled in the crafts of design and construction can accomplish this.

Try to imagine a modern, contemporary space for living, a sculpture for living within, with which the Mediterranean region inspires impetus. A house perhaps 200 years old that has been carefully and sensitively restored for its contemporary descendants. Not being of adequate space for today’s contemporary uses, the new owners have added spaces, not in the traditional building methods, but in the most contemporary methods and techniques with materials available to them today. Using glass, steel and contemporary lighting in contrast with the ancient Mediterranean stone load -bearing walls, together we have created art in which to live. We have created something beyond Mediterranean style —we have created Architecture with a capital "A".

What we have come to recognize as a regions 'style' of architecture is a product of its vernacular building materials, it’s predominate design characteristics and romantic illusions of its past. It is as hard to characterize Mediterranean 'style' architecture as it is to characterize American 'style' architecture. Each region is large and rich with diversity. Spain, France, Monaco, Greece, Italy, Turkey and the former Yugoslavia share the northern coastline of the Mediterranean Sea and each has, within herself, evolved a 'style' and many sub styles. If you are attracted to the Mediterranean 'style', you will want to decide how seriously to interpret this example of architecture when it comes time to designing and building your custom residence, addition or remodel in the Texas Hill Country. [+]

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Mediterranean Sea

"The Mediterranean Sea is a part of the Atlantic Ocean almost completely enclosed by land, on the north by Europe, on the south by Africa, and on the east by Asia. It covers an approximate area of 2.5 million km² (965 000 mi²). It is also called the Eurafrican Mediterranean Sea or the European Mediterranean Sea in oceanography to distinguish it from mediterranean seas elsewhere.

The term Mediterranean derives from the Latin mediterraneus, 'inland' (medius, 'middle' + terra, 'land, earth'), in Greek "mesogeios".

Mediterranean Sea
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The Mediterranean was a superhighway of transport in ancient times, allowing for trade and cultural exchange between emergent peoples of the region — Phoenicians, Egyptians, Carthaginians, Greeks, Romans, and the Middle East (Arab/Persian/Semitic) cultures. The history of the Mediterranean is important in understanding the origin and development of Western Civilization."