What's the name of this raised thingie?

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Suppose you had something like this...
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What would you call the raised section in the middle with the square pyramid roof? I'm imagining it being raised just to allow windows. Is there a name for it? It shows up in Southwestern houses a lot.
And could something like that be designed without flat roofs on the bits next to it, so that the principle could be used in rainy places?
I know nothing about architecture and can't look it up without knowing the words, so I'm sorry about phrasing my question in the form of ASCII art. Hope someone can help me!
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Someone wiser than me can give a definitive answer but here's my understanding:
What the OP is describing is a "clerestory" (Also spelled "clearstory") - "A portion of an interior rising above adjacent rooftops and having windows admitting daylight into the interior."
A "cupola" is: - "A light structure on a dome or roof, serving as a belfry, lantern, or belvedere."
I've always made the distinction by whether or not it's open to the inside/interior. A cupola is more or less just decorative, while a clerestory is "functional".
But hey, if I'm completely wrong it wouldn't be the first time....
Michael (LS)
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Don wrote:

In the UK cupola tends to be used for a dome with a glazed drum element in it
Clerestory is used for high level glazing, for independant windows and especially if it is linear in it's design
http://images.google.co.uk/images?q=cupola&start &hl=en&lr=&sa=N&imgsz=xxlarge
http://images.google.co.uk/images?q=clerestory&hl=en&lr=&sa=G&imgsz=xxlarge
I think the OP's picture sits somwhere between the two camps - it could be a large cupola or a small internal hall with clerestory More likely the latter in this case though as the windows are shown too small and too far apart to constitute a glazed drum
Clear as mud really :-)
Hope that gives the OP some help
Tim
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A clearstory is a clerestory used for high level glazing, with independent windows, mostly vertical, just under a sloped roof plane at the eave. It is used to let in light which seemingly is part of the roof framing.
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You are one the right track, but then there is also the widow's watch........................

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How about "Rooftop Promenade"...?
Or, my preference, "Birding Platform" <L!>
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I was thinking about that. But if you look at the basic basilica with a long row clerestory on either side of the aisle and compare with this... yeah, technically it's a wall above the roof and then another roof. It even has clerestory windows.. But my... suspicion that there might be a more particular name is due to the "single tower" nature of the OP's illo. We could say "a clerestory surmounting the crossing" or something. But I worry that I'm missing a word for "a clerestory-like towery bit".

Except for when it's full of vents to keep the air moving through the hay loft or provide a weather protected projection for light to stream in through the dome because we can't all live in Rome. ;-)
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I thought that a clerestory was larger than a cupola, and specifically rectangular, and typically something that went along all or most of the roofline; whereas a cupola (I thought) was a smaller structure, although it can be square, round, or n-gonal where n is an even number - IOW, 2-way symmetry; and about 1/5 (maybe 1/4?) or less of the roof length.
If it was oval, it'd be a clerestory, as would the rectangle.
Again, this is just what I'd always thought...
BTW would a "campennela" be a separate structure or its own small "wing" (using the term very loosely, more like a smallish but tall "room")?
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Let me dig up the round barn...
http://www.theroundbarn.net/ OK, that's cupola.
http://www.rootsweb.com/~maberksh/photos/shakerroundbarn.jpg is the one I was thinking of and that's got both.
http://graphics.jsonline.com/graphics/owlive/img/mar02/barnbig032702.jpg
another with both.
But the point I'm getting at here is "that's a clerestory and it's round".
Am I misunderstanding what you mean by rectangular?

I think that's a good distinction. (Though mathematically frought with peril in the case of the round barn.)

"campanile : a bell tower; usually stands alone unattached to a building"
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Interesting pics (gorgeous barns...)

No, that was just always my impression. I guess that a round building *would* have a round clerestory. Jsut that one doesn't see too many round buildings. I guess size is the main thing...?

Well, it does go along most of the rooline in both cases, it's just that the roofline is curved.

Oh! <BLUSH!> Thanks!

Oh, OK - I was wondering because the "ascii art" looked almost like it was a square tower with two "wings" attached, which is why the CAMPANILE ((and not "camp cannoli" as I seemed to be getting way too close to =:-o !)) popped into my head.
Oh no, another weird thought - I have a thing for large wind chimes, and wondering now about the idea of having a "chime tower" or some sort of aeolian harp or other aeolian instrument..... (see what happens when I *don't* drink?, I think stuff like that =8-O !)
Hmmm, Camp Cannoli...yum... ...right next to Camp Chianti Classico-Riserva...
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I see a cupola as a thing. Something you can point at and take off. A clerestory as a wall in a certain location in relation to the roofs around it.

My point was that the cupola on a round barn does the exact same thing as the clerestory just at a smaller radius.

I toyed with that interpretation too. if the wings were just a bit narrower then the corners at the clerestory would come all the way to the ground and the tower would be more apparent. Or if the clerestory wall were back just a bit then it would look more perched on the roof and less like it might go all the way to the ground.

Oh gods, I would SOOOO attend that place. Esp. if it were provisioned by Mike's on Hanover St.

That could be fun. I think I read recently about somebody who thought people with wind chimes should be shot. So be careful where you build.
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Oh...OK, I didn't realise it was basically a geegaw.
Maybe what I was thinking of might be called a "crow's nest", like the structure on a ship, used as a Lookout? I had thought some cupolas could be accessed but obviously got it confused with something else.
Maybe I was thinking that a cupola originated as a type of roof vent...

Oh, I missed that, sorry.

I do have me evil streak, eh?
OTOH, hmmm, maybe soemthing like that could be a money maker - have it somewhere warm, Tuscan <?> decor, decent wine and food - no cheap stuff. Spa, massages, and so on - let someone else actually *run* it tho' <g>

I do have a limit myself, plus I insist on the ones that are tuned like a musical instrument. (Bought a book on acoustics last week, and planning on buying one about designing and making musical instruments, because I'm wanting to make my own "wind instrument", also maybe figuring out how to make and tune a tongue drum tho' that's a totally differnt thing - well, unless it can be wind-driven in some way....hmmmm......)
Of course the advantage of having several acres (my fantasy) is that one is more insulated from the rest of the world and the intrusions of annoying busybodies ;)
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Since there are no hard rules in building, I'm sure some can.

Around here spa food is kiwi fruit on a hand laid whole wheat cracker. I like your spa better.
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Except with concrete... :o
((What, for free you want *good* jokes?))
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YAh but what's that got to do with it ;)

It's better than a wheat cracker tho'!

Fruit is good.
So are too many other things...
((I will never be skinny again...))
Yup, it's a *good* idea to have those bathroom doors be nice and wide ;)
Speaknig of which, what's up with these teensy little closets for toilets? They're hardly wide enough to use the dang toilet paper. Where'd that silly idea come from?
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I've been hunting the time lines for some years now. Me and a cricket bat.
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And I'm sure there are a heck of a lot of handicapped folks right behind you. Not to mention people who aren't fat but just *big*. Not everyone is 5'4" and 110 lbs dripping wet...
It's like sitting inside an upright coffin <shudder!>
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The *concept* is OK (having the john in a separate area with its own ventiliation). But the executuion of the concept is always horrible. THey are *always* way too naoorow, and few seem to have adequate ventiliation (well, bathrooms in general never have adequate fans, so I'm not surprised if the closet doesn't even have a fan at all, never mind a window).

There is also that problem (depth).

Bathroom fans never work. They claim something like 100 - 300 CFM but I really don't believe thay pull that much at all. GOtta have a great huge mahala fan, something that'd clear out the steam bath (a.k.a. shower) in 5 miniuits, 10 max. Anything less is absurd.
(yes, I'm parnoid about mold, very allergic >:p )

yeeg, ya don't hafta spell it out =8-@
Sounds like *great* chili tho' <LOL!>
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<LOL!>
I like all sorts of chili variants. Esp. using chunks of tomato, whole corn kernels, black beans, various peppers hot and not, and so on. Almost like "chili meets salsa". I eat it with tortilla chips, or these tostados, I think htey're called, yellopw corn and jalapeno. And extra sharp cheddar.
Not at all authentic Mexican, jsut what I like.
Oh, and cold beer, of course ;) .

Are you serious.....?
It's be a great idea, tho' - an auto-stirer. In laboratories, they stir stuff by putting in a non-reactve-plastic-coated metal bar, and setting the flask on a hotplate with a spinning magnet under it.
But chili is way too thick for that to work. So something mechanical would have to do the job.
Oh great, like I need *ANOTHER* weird Rube Goldberg idea (in addition to my own) running around in my head (and giggling insanely)... =8-O
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I think the first one I ever ran across (pity it wasn't in the 4x4) was in The Venitian hotel and resort casino in Las Vegas. There are no rooms, there are only suites (such that suite may mean room with more distance between the bed and the window that you are accustomed to ;-). Lots of marble. Big opulent bathroom. Something of an unexpected luxury the giant bathroom. Rather liked it. Had a nice long hot shower and a good soak in the tub; tried out the new laser range finder on the door... that kind of thing. Eventually I had to use the toidy... I'm pretty sure the closet it was stuffed into was 18"x2 wide. I think "frickin' bizarre" is appropriate. The contrast was stunning. But there's marble on the floor! But my big fuzzy bunny slippers completely cover it. But there's a phone on the wall! In case I get the munchies.
After using one of these refurbished flour canisters, it is time to reread "In Praise of Shadows" (Junichiro Tanizaki).
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