The leaded windows of Ancroft church date from a nineteenth century renovation but the stonework and round headed window arches survive from the original 12th century building. This village church still shows the solid simplicity of its early medieval architecture, unlike the abbey and cathedral churches across Europe which were enlarged, rebuilt and decorated as styles developed.

 

 

The architecture of Eglise Saint Augustin in Paris depends on building components more often associated with railway stations.  The Romano-Byzantine style building, completed in 1871, has a roof supported by cast iron pillars and roof trusses.  The development of cast iron and glass technologies in the nineteenth century opened up previously unknown possibilities for wide spans and glass roofs.

 

 

Glasshouses and conservatories brought plants indoors into an environment tailored to their needs. Bringing a garden into the heart of a building, in a colonnaded courtyard, is a much older architectural tradition.  Recently the relationship between buildings, plants and gardens has been explored in new ways, from high tech green walls and roofs to ‘vertical forests’

 

 

Tina’s theme for this week’s Lens-Artists Challenge is Interesting Architecture.