Which Architectural Style Are You?

Discover which school of design suits you best

By Google Arts & Culture

The Amphitheater (2016-06-01) by David Basulto, James Taylor-Foster, Marge Arkitekter, ArkDesNordic Countries (Finland, Norway, Sweden) - Biennale Architettura 2016

Architectural styles have their own personalities and character traits that echo our own. So, if you were a design style, which one would you be? Take the test below to find out. 

The Barbican Centre (1980-02-14/1980-02-14) by Peter BloomfieldBarbican Centre

What you see is what you get?

Foyer at Barbican Centre, City of London (2009-10-09) by James O DaviesHistoric England

You’re a Brutalist

A style that grew out of 20th century modernism in the post-war period. Characterised by large swathes of poured concrete and minimalist construction, Brutalist buildings favour structural elements over decorative design. There are no frills, just angles, shapes, a monochrome colour palette – not to everyone’s taste but being reassessed. Visit London’s Barbican Centre for a classic example of the style.    

Architectural art, Lucy Raven: Lichtspielhaus, Bauhaus Museum Dessau, 8.9.2020 (2019) by addenda architects (Gonzalez Hinz Zabala)Bauhaus Dessau Foundation

Effortlessly cool and always coming up with new ideas?

The Bauhaus Dessau (1919/1933) by Walter GropiusOriginal Source: Vidal Sassoon

You’re from the Bauhaus School

This German art school was in operation for a very short period, from 1919 to 1933, but had a huge impact. More of a design concept than an architectural style, the idea was to marry aesthetics with everyday function. It was one of the driving forces behind modernist architecture before being forced to close by the Nazi regime. Bauhaus buildings include Bauhaus Dessau.      

The Ruins of Holyrood Chapel (About 1824) by Louis DaguerreWalker Art Gallery, Liverpool

Romantic, elegant and international?

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You're into Gothic

Influenced by the Romanesque period, the main motif of Gothic architecture is the pointed or ogival arch. Originally popular from the 12th to 16th centuries it has undergone periodic revivals and remains popular around the world to this day. Examples of Gothic architecture include Chartres Cathedral and Westminster Abbey. 

By Margaret Bourke-WhiteLIFE Photo Collection

Love a little luxury, glamour and retro chic?

View of Rajjab Mahal, Oval Maidan (2019/2019)Art Deco Mumbai

You're Art Deco through and through

First appearing in France before World War I, Art Deco had a huge cultural influence across the design of buildings, fashion, cars, boats and even everyday objects like vacuum cleaners. It combined modern styles with fine craftsmanship and the best materials to represent glamour and forward-thinking attitudes. New York’s Chrysler Building is perhaps the ultimate statement. 

Interior of the Pantheon, Rome (c. 1734) by Giovanni Paolo PaniniNational Gallery of Art, Washington DC

Highly theatrical with a love of all things awe inspiring?

Mexico, Campeche State, Campeche City, historical center listed as World Heritage by UNESCO , the Zocalo, the cathedral and the library (2007-03-28) by Bertrand GardelGetty Images

You're all about Baroque

Commonly used in churches and palaces to reflect the glory of God or the wealth of the owner, Baroque was all about showing off. It spread across Europe throughout the 17th century, taking the basic elements of Renaissance architecture and turning them all the way to the max. Check out Smolny Cathedral in Russia to see what we mean. 

Entrance to the stables (photo) (2006-11-09) by French SchoolGetty Images

Love history and all things Greek and Roman?

Architectural Fantasy with a Fountain, Classical Ruins, and a Bridge (before 1753) by Giuseppe Antonio LandiNational Gallery of Art, Washington DC

You're Classical

Classical denotes buildings designed according to the principles of Greek and Roman architecture from classical antiquity. Different styles of classical architecture have existed over the centuries, with a major revival during the Italian Renaissance. The style dominated much of Western architecture until the Second World War and is still a major influence today.

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Tech-obsessed and always looking to the future?

Evan Joseph, Erial Dusk, 2015. Location: New York. by Evan JosephTime Space Existence - Biennale Architettura 2016

You are thoroughly Modernist

The idea was to take new and innovative technology and materials and use them in the construction of buildings. Emerging in the first half of the 20th century and becoming more popular after the Second World War, Modernist buildings feature prominent use of glass, steel and concrete. The Empire State Building is perhaps the best known example.    

Dessau. Bauhaus (Bauhaus building, architect Walter Gropius, exterior view with Bauhaus sign by Herbert Beyer) (1931/1932) by unknownBauhaus Dessau Foundation

Want to know more? You can learn more about the Bauhaus style here.

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