The Golden Rectangle

HAVE YOU HEARD OF THE GOLDEN RECTANGLE?

It is a shape that is picked overwhelmingly to be most pleasing to the eye compared to similar shapes.  It has been a design idea for thousands of years.  It is used everywhere in “Ancient Roman Architecture.”  It is a specific relationship between length and width in a rectangle.

Specifically: In geometry, a golden rectangle is a rectangle whose side lengths are in the golden ratio, which is (the Greek letter phi), where. is approximately 1.618. Golden rectangles exhibit a special form of self-similarity: All rectangles created by adding or removing a square are Golden rectangles as well.

So how does this apply to architecture?

  1. This can be a window sash ratio. Used contemporarily it would be horizontal.
  2. The ratio in a wall length to height.
  3. It can be a window sash, in a window, in a wall.

This is the shape that our eye is most comfortable to become fixed on. We can take this information and deduct that if we want to create a horizonal movement to the eye we must create a rectangle with a width longer than the height of the golden rectangle.

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