domical vault


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domical vault

A dome-shaped vault, where the ribs or groins are semicircular, causing the center of the vaulted bay to rise higher than the side arches.
See also: Vault

coved vault, cloistered arch, cloistered vault

A vault, 1 composed of four quarter-cylindrical surfaces or coves, meeting in vertical diagonal planes, the axial sections of the vault being arched, and the horizontal courses diminishing in length from spring to crown. (See illustration p. 272.)
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41) Rather, the design may representa first idea for the projection of an armature of curved blocks of travertine (precisely cut and mitred), as they were to be laid into the ribs, in creating the surfaces of the gores of the domical vault.
The walls of t he Lisbon Ismaili Centre take the form of a composite lattice of granite members and steel tubes: for the large volume of the Prayer Hall, the lattice is doubled and braced by stainless-steel tie rods, while the limestone domical vaults of its roof are supported on similar tubular trusses.
Rather like Viollet-le-Duc, whose designs for iron tension-strutted masonry domes share an unexpected similarity with the domical vaults in the Lisbon Ismaili Centre and the New Delhi Parliamentary Library (as pointed out by Peter Davey in AR October 2002), Rewal's passage a l'acte sometimes lacks a certain lightness of touch.