LATER FRENCH GOTHIC: St. Maclou, Rouen, France, C. 1500-1514. While the Renaissance was already in full swing in Italy, the French were pushing the extremes with elaborate ornamentation as seen in the exquisite traceries of St. Maclou. Considered one of the best examples of the "Flamboyant style" of Gothic architecture in France.
main characteristics Gothic: flying buttresses, windows with tracery, piers composed of colonettes or shafts bundled around a core. Skeletal system vs. mass of wall necessary in Romanesque architecture. Big windows vs small windows. emphasis on the VERTICAL.
KEW GARDENS ‘My friend and artist Wolfgang Buttress’s The Hive is moving into Kew Gardens in June after being the centrepiece at the 2015 Milan Expo. It’s a must-see at 17 metres high and is inspired by scientific research into the health of bees.’