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    Quizzical Pursuit
    —The Architecture Puzzler

    Created by Dave Guadagni

    Solution to Last Week's Puzzler
    Architecture Puzzler #483

    Question

    What is a groined vault?

    Answer

    A common form in Gothic cathedral roofs, a groined vault consists of two intersecting cylindrical vaults at right angles to each other. This roof form is supported by the arches of the two intersecting vaults. The curved diagonal folds at the intersecting joints of the vault are called "groins."
     


     

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    Dave Guadagni, AIA, is an architect with Robertson/Sherwood/Architects

    Quizzical Pursuit is Copyright 2010, Dave Guadagni.

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    A series of intersecting hyperbolic paraboloid surfaces form the ceiling of the main sanctuary at St. Mary's Cathedral in Tokyo, Japan, by Kenzo Tange.
    Photo: Flickr user mobileart

     
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