The Visual Dictionary of Architecture by Gavin Ambrose

By Gavin Ambrose

This ebook is a advisor to the various and sundry phrases used usually inside structure. From Column to Cornice, Skyscraper to Ha-Ha, this booklet will turn out a useful source to an individual attracted to structure. every one time period is defined and contextualised, giving the reader an more suitable figuring out of architectural terminology. greater than 270 universal structure phrases are distilled and illustrated. From functional phrases resembling Vaulted, Spire and Cladding to conceptual phrases comparable to Modernism and Postmodernism, together with glossy terminology and plenty of of the normal phrases nonetheless in present utilization. "The visible Dictionary of structure" is produced in collaboration with a number one London architectural perform and an architectural historian.

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2500BC). Each subsequent civilisation has developed and reworked the arch to create its own distinct and identifiable style, such as those illustrated below. Arches are traditionally built from wedge-shaped stone or brick blocks that transfer the weight they support to the side supporting elements. The compression from the weight above is important to the structural integrity of the arch. qxd 9/13/07 A Architect 7:38 PM Page 42 42 A person qualified to design and supervise the construction of buildings or other large structures.

Both the south and the east fronts of the building were built under the direction of William Talman and the house is considered to be a key development in the history of English Baroque architecture. qxd 10/3/07 7:17 PM Page 58 58 Marek Slusarczyk B Basilica A large, roofed Roman hall within which business and legal matters were traditionally conducted. A basilica typically has interior colonnades that divide the space lengthways, and the divisions provide aisles. The apse is typically located at the Eastern end.

Pictured (right) is a detail of the ruins of a Roman amphitheatre in Turkey, and (left) the El Jem Roman Colosseum in Tunisia. qxd 9/13/07 7:38 PM Page 33 A Ancient Egyptian Architecture 33 This term collectively describes the structures, including monuments and temples, built in Egypt’s Nile valley by the region’s ancient civilisation from 3300BC until the country’s conquest by Alexander the Great in 332BC. Ancient Egyptian architecture is characterised by use of stone, mud and brick, and a distinct lack of wood.

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