Circular Window

In modern Armenian architecture, circular windows became popular in the late 1970s. Circular window design was borrowed from international architecture; namely from Louis Kahn who was admired among Soviet architects. Circular windows stood as characteristic element of the new architecture, as it was tectonically relevant to concrete architecture and gave buildings a novel look that at once maintained the pure geometric and modernist aesthetic and structural principles. Yet in numerous buildings, circular windows were executed in stone veneer, providing this element with an alternate reading. The image of a circular window open into a stone wall recall medieval churches, such as famous Zvartnots cathedral. At a later stage, in the 1980s, this element obtained a post-modernist interpretation. Circular openings were designed on several floors as formalistic solution



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