"Arches are structures with deep resonance. They embody and symbolize many things: strength and support, lightness and openness within density, thresholds into liminal space. As an archetypal symbol, the arch is fundamentally masculine. In mythology arches & doorways are understood as thresholds in time and space through which one passes to enter another kind of time and space, a concept that is deeply consonant with our ministries of both worship and hospitality."
Have you ever thought about how adding an arched door way into your home could add something unique and stylish? Here is some background information on the arch. We quite like it, and think you will too. We have collected some modern style arch ways that may get you thinking. You'll have to read on to see the images below.
Arches are everywhere—over doors, porches, windows, and hallways. They were born to serve as a powerful structural tool, allowing rooms to extend without the interruption of any vertical supports or columns. But today they're more about style than structure.
Arches come in many shapes, from rounded to pointy and quite a few variations in between. The architectural styles that each arch represents also vary widely. But one thing is certain: an arch adds something special to the house where you find it.
Arches first appeared many centuries ago as a support tool for underground drains and vaults built by the Egyptians, Babylonians, Greeks, and Assyrians. The core function: to distribute the weight off the wall outward instead of straight down.
With the help of Ancient Romans, arches emerged from the underground and were used for the first time in public buildings and residences. The spectacular religious and civic buildings that we so admire from the past couldn't exist without the clear-span capabilities afforded by the arch. The introduction of sturdy steel-frame construction system during the 1800s largely replaced the arch as a structural tool and introduced it to the role it still holds today—decoration.
Whether featured in a door, window, or porch, an arch adds focus to an otherwise simple exterior or interior. As part of an already elaborate façade, it adds to the visual excitement.
Scroll down to see some our favourite arch images to inspire you. I know I'm feeling inspired!