If architecture is frozen music, then what is its overture? What opens the show to a great building? The answer lies at the beginning: the entryway.
As the overture of a great opera delights the ear, the architectural flourishes of a great entrance delight the eye. Its dramatic elements are orchestrated to hint at what lies therein. Woodwinds, quiet and subdued, may take the form of a vestibule, perhaps, ebbing onward toward the monumental double doors. Strings, a ceiling dome or a hand-painted mural. The brass section, a crystal chandelier or the wrought-iron balustrade of an imperial staircase. All parts working in concert to deliver a grand opening statement.
Herewith, Luxury Defined presents homes with grand entryways, large and small, classical and contemporary, yet all are but overture to the greatness that awaits beyond.