Facade Vertical Division

Façade composed of repeating vertical rhythms were a popular design among Soviet Armenian architects throughout the second half of the 20th century. When used as a decoration on stone veneer façades, this compositional principle recalled Mesopotamian or Urartian architecture, which might be the aim of architects seeking for far going regional architectural motifs.

Another method of creating vertical compositions, included alternating wall-height stone panels with glazing or another contrasting material. During the period of high modernism, vertical divisions on façades became a part of a building’s structure, namely the bearing walls, the edges of which were extended beyond the façade glazing to supply an architectural character to the building. In other cases, vertical divisions on a façade created by façade-long stone elements acted both as a decorative and functional element. i.e. brise-soleil for hot and sunny Armenian climate.