The word “Palladian” describes a style of ornamental window – typically tall, classically detailed with a round top. But what it’s actually referencing is the work of 16th-century Italian architect Andrea Palladio.
Palladio is known for his stunningly beautiful and exquisitely proportioned classical villas – the Villa Rotunda perhaps the best known and Jefferson’s home, Monticello. In Atlanta, Jimmy Means’ design for the Alfred Kennedy home (photo) is a great example.
Palladio discerned an essential poetry and science of classicism by virtue of its underlying proportions; each element of his design is unified in a manner that resonates harmoniously in our perception.