By Michele Melaragno
The paintings of establishing dome shell constructions has given to the baroque for its assumed pompo been with us given that precedent days. present ex sity in glorifying curves. In functional phrases amples within the Astrodome, the Superdome, such an perspective in layout is obviously mani the Kingdome, and the Florida Suncoast fested within the current cityscapes which are to Dome stand to remind us of the counterpoint tally freed from arches, domes, shells, and any they play to the Pantheon, S. Sophia, S. different shape that isn't rectilinear. is that this what Maria del Fiore, and St. Peter. The latter we actually want-plans and elevations with could be considered via a few as being old basically instantly traces, ninety-degree angles, or, heritage, yet they're found in the 20 th in a few bold instances, forty-five-degree century and consequently are part of our current angles? It doesn't appear so. and destiny. Why do students proceed to equally, the curricula in either civil engi examine them? What can they educate us? A re neering and structure in buildings look vival of curiosity in curvilinear constructions is to disregard deliberately arches and vaults, lim less than means, because the present examples simply mentioned iting those topics to graduate courses in thin-shell layout as being a really expert eso testify. first and foremost of this century, lower than teric topic.
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Eutychius specifically described the dome as being made of two woo'den shells (see Fig. 2-33). structure was built by the architects Anthemius of Tralles and Isodorus of Miletus under Justinian. The original church of St. Sophia was built by Constantine in 335 and rebuilt by Theodosius II in 415. 5 m) in diameter and 180 ft (51 m) above the floor level at the crown, dominates the entire space (see Fig. 2-34). Although this lofty structure imposes itself on the whole space below, it suggests great lightness, as of a structure suspended from heaven, as wrote the historian Procopius of Caesarea, Palestine (c.
D. 1028) Of most interest in this structure is its transition from a square plan to a polygonal drum, then to a circular dome in which the three parts of the structure have similar volumes (see Fig. 2-40). This structure exhibits a simplicity and harmony of design that avoids any pomposity. D. 1036-1037) The dates of construction for this mausoleum can be interpreted from an inscription on the structure. Supporting a circular dome is an octagonal drum connected by squinches. 42 Domes: From Ancient to Islamic B 2-37 The Tomb of Bizzos, Ruweha, Syria.
Later, as cults of martyrs and relics gained acceptance in the Christian world, these small sanctuaries or chapels became large churches with central domes inspired by some powerful symbolic significance. A classification of these domed churches, with examples, includes the following: 3 Circular Domes Such domes derived from the classical (rotunda) tradition of Greece and Rome. D. 526 - 527) 34 Domes: From Ancient to Islamic In typical churches with floor plans in the shape of a Greek cross the main dome is at the center, while small domes often cover the four arms of the cross.