Following on from a little Vanbrugh and a little Frank Lloyd Wright I did recently, here is a page I did for Sketchbook Design (Demo in Lesson 3) documenting my favourite building by Borromini (Francesco Borromini, architect in Rome, 1599-1667) – San Carlo alle Quattro Fontane (San Carlino).
It’s an incredible building (my favourite building in Rome too) where the architecture twists and turns and is full of ambiguities – in particular when looking at the use of the orders.
If FLW’s floor plans have been a huge inspiration for my compositions (particularly the pinwheel arrangement of some of his praire houses), the ambiguities/overlaps contained with Borromini’s facades and interiors are something that I strive after in both my sketches and my page layouts. I need to clarify my thinking before I can write anymore about this, but it is something that is going on in my head.
Hmm… I think I’m going on a tangent! So to get back to the sketch…
I did the facade following the experiments from my Baroque day last year, and then drew the interior and floor plan late at night. More of course inside the Sketchbook Design course, for those of you who have signed up.
It was a really fun page to do celebrating one of my favourite buildings, and I hope to do more pages like this in 2021!