Today I was examining the floor areas of the three principal rooms at Balintore to assess flooring requirements. These three rooms are all connected to one another for maximum flow during social events The main rectangles for each room are:
dining room = 35' x 21'
drawing room = 35' x 21'
grand saloon = 35' x 28'
So the drawing room, dining room and saloon share the same long dimension: quite a surprise as there are no fully shared walls. The drawing room and dining room have the same dimensions: again a surprise as the drawing room looks far larger to the eye. I have long been puzzled by the room dimensions not being multiples of nice numbers like 4 or 6, but today I spotted they are all multiples of 7.
So in best Georgian tradition the rooms are beautifully proportioned as follows:
dining room = 5 x 3
drawing room = 5 x 3
grand saloon = 5 x 4
William Burn, the architect of Balintore, started his career in the Georgian era.
The grand saloon is roughly 27' feet high so it is not quite a perfect cube, but essentially has proportions 5 x 4 x 4.
I guessed Balintore must hold such nice patterns like these, but I did not twig what they were until today. And of course, this hidden encoding of numbers in a building goes back to masonic and Knights Templar traditions.
|mathematically perfect proportions of inter-connected principal rooms|