Many of you probably don’t care much about medieval palaces and castles, let alone daub-and-wattle cottages, but for us who do we often agree it would be cool to see medieval architecture return to urban areas. After all, it’s the reason why Disney Land is so cool. You get to see a palace the way it looks brand new without the corrosion of time to make it look like a ruin. There are some Renaissance castles that look relatively new compared to Dark Age ruins, and there’re teams in France working to replicate medieval castles, but this post will be about how awesome it would be to have brand new medieval castle-like buildings in cities across North America and other such places.
There are a few cool buildings along the Vegas Strip that look medieval, but it’s only a facade. I would love nothing more than to enter a building to find vaulted ceilings, medieval tapestries, hanging chandeliers and long tables with thrones and waiting servitors. Surely this is a bit much, and would be very expensive, but imagine what it could to for your small business. Having a coffee shop like every other coffee shop is accepted, but to blow people’s minds and attract tourists, a medieval-themed coffee shop would do the trick!
Who wouldn’t want to live in a castle? Surely people who don’t have the time to stoke their own fires nor the patience to wipe their arses with hay in the garderobe. But if you joined modern convenience with medieval appeal, life in a castle in the 21st-century could be amazing.
And let’s forget about the innards and guts of a building for a moment, and just talk about the kind of medieval facades you see in on the Vegas Strip. Things like crenelations and spires could make a bank stand out, could make a museum seem more historic and even make a child point in awe and say, “Look, mama, a castle!”
Isn’t that cool?
I for one, despite how crazy my business partners might think I am, would like to design my own mansion with medieval defenses on it. Not because I want to pour boiling sand on the mailman, but because I simply love history and would love to sip coffee and read on a castle turret.
Medieval architecture should make a comeback because learning more about our history as a species is important, and not everything has to be European. Muslim architecture during the Middle Ages is just as cool to me as say Scottish architecture, and to have palatial malls with mosque-like structures would attract people from all over the world, adding to the value of each business inside that mall. And this is not even mentioning how boring modern architecture can look sometimes. I don’t want to complain, but it seems architects today have a problem with creating original thought and so they stick to simplicity to avoid difficulties.
If architects can’t get creative, then why not source value from our medieval predecessors and throw some turrets, bastions and brattices on those walls? Hey, it would look pretty awesome! Do you agree? Feel free to leave your comments below!