Creating Grand Entrances: Exploring Classical Portico Designs
A portico is a porch or entrance way that is supported by columns. It is a common feature of classical architecture, and can be found on buildings such as temples, government buildings, and private homes. A fully expressed Classical Portico with full columnar order and pediment signifies an important entrance to a culturally significant building. Porticos can also be used to add a touch of elegance and grandeur to the entrances and porches of a classical house. Practically, they also help provide protection from the elements and create a welcoming space for occupants and guests as they prepare to enter or exit the building.
Here are some guidelines we follow when creating grand entrances with classical portico designs for our clients:
Choose the right columnar order for your home or building. The order should complement the overall architectural style of your home.
Use high-quality materials. The materials you use for your portico will have a big impact on its appearance and longevity.
Make sure the portico is in proportion to your home. A portico that is too small or too large will look out of place.
Incorporate your portico with the landscape and site design around it. Coordinating plantings and axial circulation with enhance the impression this strong architectural move will make.
With a well-versed classical architect at your side, your home can benefit from the grandeur and elegance of a fully expressed columnar portico.