Home (Piazza)


What is what? Everything you always wanted to know.
  » »


Architecture  Piano nobile  Pickling

piazza - a public square with room for pedestrians; "they met at Elm Plaza"; "Grosvenor Place"
plaza, place
public square, square - an open area at the meeting of two or more streets ...

The Piazza in Portmeirion, Wales
Originally the Piazza was a tennis court, but since 1966 the area has been a quiet paved area with a blue tiled pond, a fountain, and lavish flower beds. Along the southern edge of the Piazza, two columns support gilded figures of Burmese dancers.

The Italian term for a city square. Image courtesy of Phil Gruen ...

piazza: an Italian public square; in 17th and 18th century England it came to denote a covered arcade surrounding a square.
pier: a mass of masonry serving as a vertical support. If cylindrical it is called a pillar or column.

Piazza Novona , Rome, Italy

St. Peter's, Rome, Italy ...

- an open space, sometimes square but more usually rectangular, surrounded by buildings. Used in Scotland to describe the arcaded walk under 17th century and earlier, buildings.

~ d'Italia by Charles Willard Moore, New Orleans.
Perhaps the best example of irony in Postmodern buildings is Charles Willard Moore's ~ d'Italia (1978). Moore quotes (architecturally) elements of Italian renaissance and Roman Antiquity. However, he does so with a twist.

~ bassa: A casemate set in a flank of a work from which artillery was used to enfilade the curtain and to cover the ditch.
Pictish tower: A round tower dating from the early Iron Age which was attributed to the picts. Chiefly found in the Shetlands, Orkneys and Northern Scotland.

Site: ~ San Marco
Date: 11th century and later
Exterior view #1
Exterior view #2 ...

~, plaza, place, platz~, Plaza, Place, Platz, deriving from Italian, describe a public open space surrounded by buildings.Example 1: Augustus Caesars gardens picturesqueIn general use, the word Picturesque means 'suitable for making into a picture'.

Cathedral, Torre Civica and ~ Grande, Modena
Church and Dominican Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie with "The Last Supper" by Leonardo da Vinci
Cilento and Vallo di Diano National Park with the Archeological sites of Paestum and Velia, and the Certosa di Padula
City of Verona ...

concourse : a hall in a pedestrian precinct, or a ~
concrete : A mixture of sand, cement and aggregate (stone or gravel) that may be reinforced with ferrous metals.

The nude, muscular hero holds the bloody severed head of Medusa high in the air as he looks over the ~ della Signoria, the main square of Florence. The work of Giambologna-called Jean Boulogne in France-a Flemish sculptor and architect who settled in Italy, is characteristically Mannerist.

See also: See also: What is the meaning of Architecture, House, Floor, See, Villa?

◄ Piano nobile   Pickling ►
RSS Mobile