Shift Back to the Ancient Times: Our economy is not just only the one experiencing changes. Housing architectures have also undergone a series of changes over the years.
Shift Back to the Ancient Times: This proves that the preference of individuals varies over the years and is affected by various factors. It is not only finance that is composed of complex systems but also housing.
Let us take a review of one of the types of housing architecture that is affected by these complexities. United Kingdom has been known for its townhouses. It seems that this place is marked by the presence of its historic townhouses. These houses are indeed houses in towns. Townhouses are a style of medium density housing. It is associated with the elite class of society and of the aristocrats. This is because in ancient times it takes wealth to build a townhouse and only the aristocrats can afford to build these houses. They were also the ones to easily embrace the emergence of townhouses. Townhouses are residences of a member of the aristocracy located in the major city and capital of a country. Most townhouses in United Kingdom are terraced houses. These structures are composed of a row of houses separated only by party walls. The face of each house is uniform. The end terrace which is the largest portion of a townhouse is the only part of the townhouse that is detached. Townhouses originated in Europe and people in United Kingdom adapted this type of housing architecture. The working class and the aristocrats were among the first groups who have yielded to building townhouses. The aristocrats hold their residence in townhouses during social seasons (e.g. sessions of the parliament, ball and parties). The growth of townhouses in United Kingdom also experienced its dark periods. During World War I, townhouses were demolished and they were no longer used for residential purposes. Townhouses began to become commercially used and utilized by various organizations as offices. The original purpose of townhouses as “houses in town” was forgotten by the people. This continued until World War II. Townhouses remained to be increasingly used for commercial purposes. However, in the 21st century, this trend went through a reverse motion. People now began to miss the lifestyle during the time of townhouses. People in the 21st century thirst for the comfort townhouses provides as a residential housing. The townhouses used as office spaces were now used back as residential houses. Perhaps this is because historical townhouses are less expensive to maintain than modern houses. The working classes today in United Kingdom are now reverting back to townhouses. Even new home developers are adapting the ancient designs of townhouses. From this, we can conclude that people really have the passion to maintain tradition and marks of history. Somehow, the townhouses in UK today are filled with some touch of urbanization. Historic townhouses are built with some modern designs parallel to the antique design of ancient townhouses. It amazing how antique can be paired with modern and produce a beautiful architecture. This trend is truly a step in the preservation of the historical symbolism of the United Kingdom.