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Andalusian Architecture: Characteristics and Features

Andalusian Architecture: Characteristics and Features

Andalusia is truly a melting pot.  With a rich, extensive history, the region has been inhabited by peoples of varying ethnicities and religious backgrounds.  Over time, the influences of the different groups have combined to create a style that is uniquely Andalusian.  This one of a kind style is especially evident in their architecture.

There are many cherished structures in Andalusia, including the Alhambra and the Great Mosque of Córdoba.  These buildings date to the Muslim era of the region, and are an excellent example of the traditional architecture of Andalusia.  Andalusian architecture retains its Roman and Arab roots, while adding a dash of Mediterranean character.

One typical feature of traditional Andalusian urban houses is that they are  constructed with shared walls.  This is  to minimize exposure to the hot Mediterranean summer temperatures. Another smart feature is that they paint exterior walls with lime, which keeps heat out.  The roof can be terraced or tiled.

One of the most characteristic elements of Andalusian architecture is the interior courtyard.  The patios of Cordoba are an excellent example of this feature, which was heavily influenced by Roman architecture.

Andalusian architecture is noted for it’s decorative elements.  This includes wrought iron gratings, azulejo (painted ceramic) tiles, and lavish landscaping.

One need not travel to the Iberian Peninsula to experience Andalusian architecture!  We have a beautiful example right here in California.  The historic Torre del Moro building in Beachwood Canyon was built in 1933 by Marie Russack Hotchener.  Hotchener was an opera singer and self taught architect, and designed this Andalusian style building on Helios Drive.  The property was restored in 2005 by the design firm of Howell & Padgett and converted to a condominium with just five units.

The unit that is currently available at 2270 Helios Drive in Hollywood Hills East blends classic character details with modern upgrades such as central heating and air conditioning, Carrara marble countertops, and a gourmet kitchen with high end appliances.  Multiple patios and balconies offer additional living spaces that make the home feel larger.  In typical Andalusian style, lush landscaping surrounds the property.

Take advantage of this unique opportunity to own a piece of Andalusian architecture right here in the United States.  Visit our listing here for more information.

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Juliette Hohnen

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