September 30th, 2007

Architecture around the World

Ok, so basically I'm looking for inspiration instead of concrete details. I'm in the process of inventing a fantasy culture, particularly what a typical house is like, and it occurred to me it would help if I researched different styles: a typical house in Sumer is different from a house in Ancient Rome is different from a house in Renaissance Germany is different from a house in India is different from a house in the Aztec Empire, etc.

Naturally I googled various combinations of architecture, history, buildings, homes, style, layout, etc. I got either real estate sites, or cathedrals and palaces; I'm looking for a)non-contemporary and b)buildings people actually lived in, preferably with floor plans. If you could point me to a good website, I'd be very grateful. Thanks!