ARCH1121, HISTORY WORLD ARCH, SP2020

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    Navdeep Kaur
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    Navdeep Kaur
    ARCH 1121
    Assignment #5

    The Pantheon and Hagia Sophia are both such beautiful and magnificent structures. They both are not only stunning from the exterior, they also look so amazing from the interior that it makes them look ethereal. They both have similarities and differences in between them. The Hagia Sophia has many buildings and structures near it, which makes it look a little tighter and more cluttered. While the Pantheon is a little spaced out and isn’t interconnected with the other structures. This also effects the accessibility of the entrances for each of these structures. It is much easier to enter the Pantheon because it is more “spread” out. This is my opinion, but I believe that the Hagia Sophia is slightly more aesthetically pleasing and more visually satisfying in the interior, because of the use of colors. As for the exterior of the buildings, they both follow a similar color scheme. They are both whitish/ creamish color. Well the Hagia Sophia has a red colored portion in the structure but besides that it is the same. The roofs for both structures are high which helps create the illusion of “emptiness”. In other words, it makes them look a lot more spacious. If I were to walk inside either of those structures I would feel “free” because there is so much space and circulation. The lighting inside both of these structures is also very different. The Hagia Sophia has windows throughout the whole structure. While the Pantheon has a one circular skylight, which is in the center of the dome. Even though the Pantheon only has that light source, it seems more brighter inside because it has a lighter color scheme. Another similarity between them is that they both have some building and another building attached to it. In addition, they both have levels inside the structures. The Pantheon has two levels and then the dome. The first level has columns and the second level has these faux windows. Then in the Hagia Sophia, there are 3 levels and then the dome. The first level has arched doors, and then level 2 and 3 have arched windows. That also brings up another difference in between them. They use different shapes, the Pantheon has squarer like and geometric shapes, While the Hagia Sophia has a vast number of arched designs. The walls, doors and windows are all arched. They have their similarities and differences but overall both of these wonderful structures are beautiful and attractive.

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