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A Historical Window Prototype During the Renaissance period architects developed different types of design concepts because some

of them had a contrasting idea of what architecture should look like, but at the end they all meet the standards of the Renaissance. Alberti as well as Michelangelo were greatest exhibitors of this period in architecture. What will we have if we asked them to design an office window? Without a doubt the result would be really interesting because they were two completely different architects with different approach and ideas of beauty. Compare both projects following their principles would be an enriching experience for students in this area. Alberti was an architect considered a classical theorist and really concerned about proportions in his designs. For this project he would have begun with the proportions using the golden section to find the correct area to place the window. As follower of classical order he would put the correct columns according to the importance and location of the window. He would not concern about the interior space, he focused about proportions and the beauty in it, and he too would have cared too much about adding different planes. For him flat was fine. The type of the materials can vary but always using it and a clean way. The design of this window, according to Alberti, should be rectangular divided into two long rectangles at the top of each of this rectangles will be placed a semicircle pediment with the same diameter of each rectangle. At

the same time the two semicircle pediments will be part of another semicircle pediment with the diameter of the whole rectangle, it means both rectangles. The remaining space between the two semicircle pediments and the bigger semicircle pediment will be filled with a centered circle which diameter is equal to the ratio of one of the two semicircle pediments, it means a quarter of the biggest pediment. In contrast, Michelangelo was part of another period of the Renaissance called Mannerism. He wanted to induce different emotions through his architecture. In this project he would include the tension factor that he always used in his projects in order to catch the attention of people and caused them different emotions. Michelangelo uses classical forms but reanalyzing them one by one changing shapes, scale and function. The structural logic was not that important, for him, as compositional logic. For this project Michelangelo would be more interested in designing something which the interior have more importance than the exterior. He would design a rectangular window with a column in each side and a pediment. Each column should be bigger at the top that at the bottom, but very subtle. Bellow each column should be a corresponding console, going smaller too. He would include a column in both sides of the window going all way top to bottom of the wall. The pediment will touch the columns on its side and the reversed tabernacle would project out getting the feeling that it is too big for the space,

and also creating different textures and shadows. The material would be Pietra Serena, which was his favorite material. In conclusion, the result for this project would have been totally different in a lot of ways. On one hand Alberti is more concerned with proportions based on the square and following the classical order which results in a an interesting composition but very plain. On the other hand, Michelangelo, who was a sculpture, was more careful with the play of light and shadows, textures and logic in his compositions which results in at first sign a tensioned composition that makes think twice to who would come admire.