On the Detail Collective team travels we have ventured from one extreme to the other. Recently bringing you posts from the tropical architecture of Bali to the ancient architecture of medieval England.
Introducing Goodrich Castle, a 12th Century ruin set in quite breathtaking countryside on the English/Welsh border.
It is easy to lose yourself in the mystery of the castle as you wander around and allow yourself to imagine what life must have been like.
The raw textural beauty of the ancient oak timber door and the patina of the stone that has weathered and softened over more than 800 years is breathtaking.
The image above is a view under the drawbridge from what would have been the moat looking up.
Goodrich Castle was built from the 12th Century on the English side of the border to keep the marauding Welsh out! It is in stunning rolling green countryside, with the river Wye meandering by.
The entrance to the castle takes you through a 'kissing' gate above along a lane edged with native English trees including of course the ubiquitous oak below.
The best contemporary architecture does of course reflect the principles of these medieval builders with the same attention to detail, the quality of materials and craftsmanship. However, not much modern architecture can be confident of the same longevity as shown here today.