Like the trabeated tomb baldachins with pitched roofs of the Late Middle Ages that saw limited favor in Rome and Southern Italy, the arcuated form that triumphed not only on Italian soil but in Northern Europe as well had fully freestanding sources that predate the enfeu wall-tomb and ultimately even the arcosolium.
as well as of their trabeated tholoi with conical roofs of the fourth century B.
There are obvious abstracted echoes of rusticated masonry pylons (without any vulgar flavour of PoMo); the handling and strong modelling of materials introduces a human measure into the big structure, as the Ancients did with their great buildings, The entrances are trabeated
granite portals, made of huge almost primitive slabs with their long sides (the ones you go past and touch) left rough.
The building's internal organisation - but not its character - is hinted at by its tripartite division into base, piano nobile and attic, with the structure's piers and floors expressed by a trabeated
Here, the trabeated
structural discipline of the lower floors is abandoned.
The buildings at upper levels are a direct contrast with the chthonic lower depths and take their inspiration from different sources, notably the trabeated
structures of Schinkel and Alexander Thompson.