You only live once. So, live well! Best builders and developers in Bangalore Ahad Builders kick-started Ahad Excellencia’s construction with this philosophy in mind. It clearly captures Excellencia’s uniqueness and unconventionality. Break free from the sameness of high-rises with Spanish-themed Ahad Excellencia. It is a Spanish-themed project of one, two, and three bedroom homes located off Sarjapur Road in the city. These real estate builders took inspiration from myriad forms of Spanish architecture so as to provide the ‘promise of excellence’.

Be it furnished apartments for sale, or luxury flats, villas and apartments in Bangalore, you will be living high off the hog as local home builders. Each project offers a grand lobby with reception; a multi-purpose hall; a well-equipped gym; a home theatre; a coffee shop; a theme park; children’s play area; amphitheater; a cricketing pitch with bowling machine; a gazebo; putt-putt golf; your weekends cannot be more replenishing.

In a nutshell, if you want to experiment with different architecture styles, or even incorporate a semblance of them in your new home, read on to know about some fantastic and inspiring architecture ‘templates’.

1) Victorian

The Victorian Era (mid to late 19th Century) saw a return of many architectural styles including Gothic Revival, Tudor and Romanesque as well as influences from Asia and the Middle East. During the industrial revolution, many homes were built in the Victorian style as part of the housing boom.

Key features: ‘Dollhouse’ effect with elaborate trim, sash windows, bay windows, imposing 2-3 stories, asymmetrical shape, a steep Mansard roof, wrap-around porches, bright colors.

Where to see it: Many a home in the UK, the US and Australia.

What to say: It must be tough work cleaning all those panels on those Sash Windows.

2) Islamic

Beginning in the Middle East in the 7th century Islamic architecture varies greatly depending on the region such as Persia North Africa and Spain. A Mosque is the best example of Islamic styles including the pointed arches, domes and courtyards. Decoration on flat surfaces take priority as the Koran forbids three-dimensional representations.

Key features: The horseshoe arch, geometric designs, more focus on the enclosed spaces and interior rather than exterior, perforated screens.

Where to see it: Hui Mosque in China.

What to say: I love the geometric design on this Moorish wall.

 3) Romanesque

Also known as Norman Architecture it emerged across Europe in the late 10th Century. The most famous feature is the rounded arch, typically found in the Roman-style churches, of which are the main survivors of the period.

Key features: Rounded arches, repetition of rows of round-headed arches, stylized floral and foliage stone decorations and cable moldings around doors in the style of twisted rope.

Where to see it: Porto Cathedral, Portugal

What to say: Check out the barrel vaults on that church!

4) Baroque

Originating in the late 16th century in Italy, Baroque was a departure from the more formal Romanesque style in that it was more emotive, ‘showy’ and aimed to appeal to the senses. As part of the Counter-Reformation the architecture was an attempt to celebrate the Catholic state.

Key features: Broken pediments, ‘broken’ at their apex, sometimes with a cresting ornament placed in the center, elaborate ornamentation, paired columns, convex and concave walls.

Where to see it: Palace of Versailles

What to say: Giant Keystones above windows are my favorite.

 5) Tudor

Tudor architecture is the final style from the medieval period in England between the 1400s-1600s. While the Tudor Arch or the Four-Centered Arch is the distinguishing feature most people would recognize the timber-framed houses of the Tudor era.

Key features: Thatched roof, Casement windows (diamond-shaped glass panels with lead castings), masonry chimneys, elaborate doorways.

Where to see it: Anne Hathaway’s cottage, Warwickshire, England.

What to say: That’s a substantial ‘overhang’ on that there Tudor house.

 6) Bauhaus

Originally an art school in Germany in the early 1900s the Bauhaus movement held the idea that all art and technology would be unified under the idea of simplistic design and mass-production. Rejecting decorative details the designs favored function. Flat roofs and cubic shapes were key. The Bauhaus principles of cubic shapes and angles can be seen in the modernist designs.

Key feature: Cubic shapes, primary colors of red, blue and yellow, open floor plans, flat roofs, steel frames, glass curtain walls.

Where to see it: Dessau, Germany

What to say: Form follows function.

 7) Neo-classical

Considered a response to Baroque and Rococo, Neo-classicism emerged in the mid-18th Century and aimed to bring back a nobility and grandeur to architecture. Inspiration was taken from the classic styles of Ancient Greek and Roman buildings and design. Simplicity and symmetry were the core values.

Key features: Grandeur of scale, blank walls, excessive use of columns, free-standing columns, large buildings, clean lines.

Where to see it: Casino Marino, Malahide.

What to say: The more columns the better!

8) Renaissance

Influenced by classical styles, the Renaissance style appeared in Italy during the 15th Century and was characterized by harmony, clarity and strength. The designs were intended to reflect the elegance and ideals of domestic life and clues were taken from the Roman ruins.

Key features: Square buildings, flat ceilings, classical motifs, arches and domes, Roman-type columns, enclosed courtyards, arcades of vaulted bays.

Where to see it: St Peter’s Basilica, Rome

What to say: It’s good to see all the Classical Orders are in place on this building.

 9) Gothic

Beginning in the mid-12th Century, Gothic architecture borrowed flourishes and features from previous styles and used them all together. More decorative than classical styles, walls were thinner, columns more slender; windows adorned with stained glass and designed so to draw the eye upwards.

Key features: Height and grandeur, pointed arches, Vaulted ceilings and light and airy buildings.

Where to see it: Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris.

What to say: Those Flying Buttresses are wonderfully decorative.

10) Modernist

Modernism is a blanket term given to a movement at the turn of the 20th Century and can include styles such as Futurism, Post-modern and New Classical. Forms were intended to be free of unnecessary detail and focus on simplicity and there is an honoring of the materials used rather than concealing them.

Key features: Lack of the decorative, low buildings, use of modern materials, interaction with interior and exterior spaces, use of sun and shading for human comfort, use of glass and natural light.

Where to see it: Guggenheim gallery, New York.

What to say: Such an honest use of materials.

Go ahead and don’t shy away from taking bits of inspiration from these styles. Luxury is not a facility that is supposed to scream. It can be subtle and soft.