Everything about The Barrel Vault
makes it the perfect design for travel.
The considered barrel vault
is composed of polar scissor units for the arches and translational units between the arches with equal member's length and has an outside height of 3,45 m (Figure 2).
The entrance in the north facade of the barrel vault
is over an open, hard paved, elliptical piazza.
Cove lighting accentuates a subtle barrel vault
, highlighting the custom cherry, travertine and glass reception desk.
So the roof is a kind of mutated barrel vault
; its northern (sun-facing) section steps down to form a series of slot-like rooflights.
While plans were being developed for the lobby work, ownership discovered the dramatic original ceiling, featuring a barrel vault
of plaster coffered panels with decorative rosettes and moldings, hidden five feet above mundane flat sheet rock that had been installed in a 1970s "renovation."
Recognizing the historical significance and aesthetic qualities of the original ceiling, which featured a barrel vault
of plaster coffered panels with decorative rosettes, the architects and the landlord decided to restore the original design to the soon-to-be renovated lobby.
The undulating barrel vault
appears to float above the floorplates, emphasized by cladding and internal partitions stopping short of the roof.
Otherwise, the Historical Hall which can house huge exhibits - such as a Richard Long stone-circle - has variable top and side-light and the barrel-vaulted East Gallery with its unbroken walls provides a magnificent setting for paintings which can be either naturally lit from the continuous skylight, controlled by louvres above the barrel vault
, or alternatively artificially lit from the same source.