Precedent Analysis

When we were given this assignment I knew the exact piece of architecture i'd like to analyze. I'd like to research, diagnose, and find anything and everything on The Eiffel Tower.

At 312 meters high, the Eiffel tower stands as the focal point of the country of France. The high style monument that Gustav Eiffel creates is one of uplifting and high style. In high contrast to the city of Paris, the turn of the century monument creates an eye opening structure that symbolizes all of France; beauty, extravagance, and confidence. I believe that the Eiffel Tower is a piece to analyze because it clearly shows lessons, ideas, and a well defined history in Interior Architecture. For example, the ideas of commodity, firmness, and delight are exuberantly demonstrated by its incredible structure, the dual use as a telecommunications tower, and the beauty it gives off to the underlining city.


Parts :: Whole


I’ve noticed that the word “source” can take multiple forms and definitions. They can be light sources, resources, and most of the time sources that come from a historical context. When designing interiors and exteriors the ability to use color brings environments to life. To accentuate and make colors more vivid, the designer needs to know about the location of light. This technique is most useful when trying to show shadows and highlights. In history, Egyptians used pathways such as the Nile River to move resources along. Resources such as stone, wood, sand, and food have been exported and imported throughout history. In Interior Design, we as designers must cite where we get our information and inspirations.

Archetype: Prototype: Hybrid

In Greece the four main columns are erected to show design and sophistication. The first column was the Doric, and then came the Ionic, then Corinthian, then finally the Composite. The Doric was the first Prototype of a perfected or Archetypal column in Greece. The Ionic column was based on the Doric but enhanced with an “Egg and Dart” capital. Then the Corinthian model developed on the previous prototypes and became an extravagant mold. It is most commonly seen at the Pantheon in Rome.


An entourage is a collection of ideas that make a completed scene or goal. In Suzanne’s Perception and Communication class we were asked to complete three entourages that demonstrated the mood and feeling. We were able to convey that by adding cars, streetlights, lamps, in my case the many people that were involved in the scene.

When I hear the word Hierarchy, the first thing that comes to mind is a food pyramid. I think of a food pyramid because it shows what is the most important to the least important in the form of a triangle. Hierarchy in architecture is shown by an uplifting rhythm. The tip of the ascending structure is usually what is deemed most important throughout the piece or structure.

In Athens, Greece, the architects and designers came together to create a superstructure at the pinnacle of Athens, Acropolis. At the entrance to the Acropolis lay the Propylaia that stood as a gateway into the grand area. Pass the Propylaia, visitors are immediately faced with the Pantheon which is the grand structure that tried to achieve the ideal. The Pantheon was the place to worship Athena, the goddess of wisdom. Across the Pantheon was the Erechteion. The Erechteion was built to demonstrate the past, present, and future of Greece. Woman sculptures were engraved into the columns facing the Pantheon to direct visitor’s eyes. Order was demonstrated at the Acropolis because atop Athens was an idealistic and organized society and was enhanced by using the porch, court, and hearth template throughout all of the structures.


The Acropolis is a prime example of all using all of the terms above. The Acropolis contains order, hierarchy, entourage, and in some cases sources, and prototypes. The Greeks strived for perfection and created the Pantheon to show Hierarchy in comparison to the Erechteion, Athena Nike, and the Propylaia. The four buildings atop of Athens all project to Athena because she was the Goddess of Athens. The Pantheon was also used as a prototype to the Erechteion but, the Erechteion could not outshine the Pantheon because noone and nothing could be greater than the temple to Athena.