Barrel Vault

Built like an arch would be built, complete with key stone, but then extruded into depth. An arch will hold a wall above a door or a bridge, anything narrow in width when compared to its height, length, and mass. Where as a barreled vault can support a room.

Introduction To Architecture Architectural Dictionary of Terms, Movements and Architects by Billie Grahm & Mike Garde. All rights reserved.

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