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the beauty of masonry: the self-carrying vaults of eladio dieste

yesterday at the UT SoA, a lecture was given by Stanford Anderson about Eladio Dieste, an architect/engineer/builder from Uruguay. Dieste’s design signature was his development of a masonry brick vaulting technique that allowed the vaults to be one brick thin while simultaneously spanning extremely large distances (in one instance up to 105′ between column supports) as well as extremely long cantilevers. this was done through the use of cable reinforcement and a layer of mortar (not visible to the eye). the cable was merely reinforcement – the strength of the vaults lay in their catenary curves.

beyond the engineering, the use of light and masonry techniques are quite beautiful. one of my favorite techniques is how he leaves a space between the end walls and the roof, which glows with light, in order to show that the wall is not supporting the vaulted roof structure at the end.

here are some pics from La Iglesia de Atlántida: (these don’t do the building justice – you really have to see how thin the roof is…)

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