Geometric Decoration & Architecture

Agra in India was fascinating for the richness its array of geometric patterns on the buildings dating from its Islamic Mughal empire.

Other countries with Islamic citizens often feature geometric patterned tilework, like this wall in Marrekesh, Morocco.
Islamic geometric tiles on a wall in Marrekesh, MoroccoA variation of this tile pattern in Toledo Spain, left over from the Moors that ruled southern Spain for 800 years. Moorish geometric tiles on a wall in Toledo, SpainDoaa Jamal, was commissioned by the Muslim Centre to create a mural for the Vancouver Mural Festival reflecting on being a Muslim artist in the city. Her mural, entitled ‘Why can’t they see us?’, draws on verses of the Quran that speak to the diversity of creation and utilizes a modern version of the traditional Kufic Arabic script.
Geometric mural in process, with the artists busy taping and painting, seen on a walk around Main St. to check out the street art from the Vancouver 2018 Mural FestMany of the flat roofs of Bundi in India contain similar geometric patterns that are like a maze or floorplan. Are they structural and go all the way down to the ground?View of the geometric rooftops in Bundi, IndiaMoving to other countries, this richly-coloured hallway with doors lead through the Thorvaldsen Museum of Sculptures in Copenhagen, repeats a softer-coloured version of the walls using geometric tile patterns on the floors.
Richly coloured hallway with doors leading through the MuseumA checkered walkway leads up to an arched door in Rosario, Argentina. A checkered walkway leads up to an arched door in Rosario, ArgentinaThe ‘Durian’ Arts Centre, an interesting angle on architecture on Singapore’s Inner Harbour. The 'Durian' Arts Centre, interesting architectureGridded door to the Casa Barragán in Mexico City. Barragán is considered one of the greatest architects in Mexico. Door to the Casa Barragán in Mexico CitySilvery sheen of the Titanic Building in Belfast, Ireland UK. Is this supposed to represent the prow of a boat pushing its way through silvery icebergs?Silvery sheen of the Titanic Building in Belfast, Ireland UKHolland had a mass of geometric architecture, mostly modular and cubic often inspired by the artist Mondrian. This ‘Cube House’ is in Rotterdam, Holland. The Cube Huis in Rotterdam, HollandStairs almost always have a geometric element to them, like this stairway leading up to the bridge in Bilbao, Spain. Stairs in the daytime leading up to the bridge in Bilbao, SpainI was fascinated by the interlocking geometric shapes in this highrise tower in Hong Kong.Interlocking geometric shapes in a highrise tower with reflections in the glass (Hong Kong)Brick wall of an old building next to a new building of glass and rust with the same triangular roof shape (Brussels, Belgium).Brick wall of an old building next to a new building of glass and rust with the same triangular roof in Brussels, BelgiumMore of the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Geometric.

6 responses to “Geometric Decoration & Architecture

  1. These are most excellent all together like this. The Argentina doorway is especially stunning. I’m yet to visit Morocco and I know I’d be in trouble there for not wishing to stop taking photos. I also love the Mexican door and the Moorish pattern.

    • I find it fun to look through old photos and look for things that I’ve never looked for before – when I put them together there’s often revelations – in this post it was the Islamic geometric art that particularly struck me…

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