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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!
Someone wiser than me can give a definitive answer but here's my
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
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....
In the UK cupola tends to be used for a dome with a glazed drum element in
Clerestory is used for high level glazing, for independant windows and
especially if it is linear in it's design
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
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.
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. ;-)
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")?
Let me dig up the round barn...
http://www.theroundbarn.net/ OK, that's cupola.
is the one I
was thinking of and that's got both.
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"
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...
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
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.
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
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?
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!>
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!>
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
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
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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