Capitals of the Highlands

Like great literature, within the traditions of classical architecture there was always room for drama, humour, mystery and intrigue. Take a look at some of these columns, from around the Highlands.

The Rose... 

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Victorian capital Highlands Inverness MAAC Studio conservation architect

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and the thistle.

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Sculpted capital in the form of a thistle MAAC studio conservation architect Highland Inverness

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Masters of the forge...

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Sculpted capital of an atlantian Inverness Highland MAAC Studio Conservation architect

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Dragons, griffons, beasts in the forest...

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Sculpted capital showing dragons MAAC Studio conservation architect

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...and angels too !

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Sculpted capital of an angel MAAC Studio conservation architect

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Lions

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Sculpted capital of lions MAAC Studio conservation architect

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Modern and contemporary architecture tries to avoid decoration. At the start of the 1930’s influential architects came out against traditional architecture with famous arguments such as “ornament is crime” and “less is more”. The honest expression of materials was the new mantra.

Up to the emergence of the Modern Movement in architecture, people understood the enduring power of buildings to mark their presence. Buildings would last and would be a living testament of their values and achievements. Their buildings were a reflection of themselves, therefore quality in materials and workmanship were of paramount importance.

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MAAC studio are accredited conservation architects and principal designers working with traditional buildings throughout Scotland. 

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