stepped arch

stepped arch

stepped arch
An arch in which the voussoirs are cut horizontally and/or vertically so they fit in with the masonry courses above and below, forming a series of steps.
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Here Moller combines the image of a bent metal chain-link fence in a deserted landscape with, among other things, a picture of a much larger collapsed wall whose ribbed structure rises to form a stepped arch. The picture is taken from a newspaper and shows a border fence between Gaza and Egypt, with large numbers of people crossing over it.
Anyone walking along the main atrium hallway towards the temporary exhibition space is confonted by a series of huge steel stepped arches. Intimidating in their size, they nevertheless fit the human body on its own terms, as one walks through, because the first inward step is at shoulder height.