Ghoulishly Gothic

Here we discover some great photographs and drawings from the RIBA archive, celebrating all things ghoulish


Bristol University: the tower



Bristol University: the tower © Architectural Press Archive / RIBA Library Photographs Collection

Gothic architecture can be identified as buildings that have a pointed arch, the rib vault, the flying buttress, window tracery, pinnacles and spires.

The RIBA photographs and drawings archives contain some very ghoulishly Gothic images. 


Temple Church, City of London: marble Knights Templar dressed to ride into battle © Edwin Smith / RIBA Library Photographs CollectionStudy of a gargoyle protruding from a Gothic facade © RIBA Library Drawings & Archives CollectionsSt Mary the Virgin, Saffron Walden, Essex: the north aisle © Edwin Smith / RIBA Library Photographs CollectionCathedral of Notre Dame, Ile de la Cite, Paris © Ralph Deakin / RIBA Library Photographs Collection



The style has taken on connotations of ghouls, ghosts and all things spooky. Perhaps it's the combination of tall, looming archways, and the use of cold stone that makes the architecture appear so scary?