- Project plans
- Project activities
- Legislation and standards
- Industry context
- Specialist wikis
Last edited 29 Oct 2020
Expressionism emerged in Northern Europe in the early 20th century in poetry and painting, where it attempted to distort reality to express subjective, emotional experience. It quickly spread through all of the arts and architecture, pioneered by a group of architects from Germany, Austria and Denmark.
Expressionist architects used materials such as brick, concrete and glass to create novel sculptural forms and massing, sometimes distorted and fragmented to express an emotional perspective. Very often, expressionism involved a rejection of historical styles, symmetrical forms, and traditional designs, and instead embraced abstraction (based on structures not found or seen in the real world). This tended to result in unusual building forms using innovative construction techniques that stood out from their surroundings.
- Expressing emotion through distorted forms.
- Emphasis of symbolic or stylistic expression over realism.
- An attempt to achieve new and original designs.
- Natural themes such as mountains, lightning, rock formations, caves, and so on.
- Influence of Moorish, Egyptian, Indian and other eastern architectural styles.
- The romantic appreciation of architecture as an art form.
 Related articles on Designing Buildings Wiki
Featured articles and news
When did they start and how many are there?
Roadmap to guide professionals in using smart technology.
Campaigning for buildings of all periods.
Meaning, understanding and implementation.
Advancing sustainable and regenerative project management.
Promised to be pragmatic and practical guidance.
Whilst replacement maybe preferred, its not always possible.
Dealing with draughts and reducing heat loss.
Managing Partner at Onyx and third gen project manager.
Expectation types, management and performance gaps.
Appointments, re-appointments and six changes a year.
New ways to manage the housing crisis.
Consortium seeks signatories for open letter by February 29.
From climate to cost to cold bridges and design flexibility.
In a changing world at the APM PM SIG conference.
The glass product that opened up new possibilities.