A contrast involves two completely different ideas, and collaborating the two together as an ornamentation? Solids and voids have been prevalent in structures old and new but it was more inclined to the function rather than the aesthetics. The beauty of how solid and voids can create structures was often overshadowed by various other forms of aesthetics. This was questioned by steen eiler rasmussen in his book, Experiencing architecture. He elaborates on how even without ornamentation using bold, clear inactive forms and employing shadows to emphasize important lines leaves a greater impact on the viewers minds .
Employing forms and correct combinations is not always necessary as can be seen in Michelangelo’s Porta Pia in which he uses a bizarre combination to create deliberately restless,dramatic architecture. the mannerism employed by the different architects in different areas to create contrasting effects using recesses, concave and convex forms, the idea of shadow and light, using bold clear cut mouldings and creating unique compositions using simple forms trying to engage and capture the viewer’s mind.
Falling waters to portray how Frank Lloyd Wright endeavors to bring architecture into harmony with nature. The ornamentation of nature is an example of manipulative rocks, vertical and horizontal towards the segments of falling water along the white concrete, limestone, smooth glass and cold steel.
Sometimes following a set pattern, type, style reduces the impact and importance of that particular style and hence experimentation becomes an integral part of adapting new styles.