Oblique steps

st francis oblique

This is the Church of St. Francis in Cortona.  This is an example of a little used urban design tool:  the entrance into the church via a stairway at an oblique angle to the mass created by the church.  The facade of the church is obviously pointed in a certain direction, while the steps focus the view on the church’s door.  A comforting tension is created.  The overall scene is very sedate – almost mundane, in fact.  Yet the introduction of that tension adds a spark that redeems the view, creating a pleasing unity that direct steps would not.

Note too how the contours (pink) work from ramp to steps to wall.   One must practice seeing contours in every situation.

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