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Vaulted and Arched Ceilings in Argentine Houses: Examples Using Brick, Wood, and Concrete

Vaulted and Arched Ceilings in Argentine Houses: Examples Using Brick, Wood, and Concrete
Monopoli House / Fabrizio Pugliese. Image
Monopoli House / Fabrizio Pugliese. Image

Virginia House / Reimers Risso Arquitectura. Image Rodney House / BAAG. Image Monopoli House / Fabrizio Pugliese. Image Viisa House / Francisco Farias Arquitecto y Asociados. Image + 11

A vault is a constructive technique that is achieved by compressing the materials forming it together. While this technique has existed since the time of the ancient Romans, certain types of vaulted ceilings, such as the Catalan or Valencian timbral vault, only reached popularity in some areas of the world at the start of the 19th century thanks to their lost cost and ready availability. With the ability to span over 30 meters and add substantial height to structures, vaulted ceilings became a go-to for the construction of industrial spaces such as workshops, factories, and warehouses.

Smaller arches, on the other hand, are usually prefabricated or constructed in situ out of clay, concrete, or other materials and are used in conjunction with concrete or steel beams or rafters to hold crawl spaces or lofts. In general, they're less curved than traditional vaults since they're generally used for much narrower spaces. Their ease of assembly makes them a popular design technique in many parts of the world.

The aesthetic appeal of vaults and arches, along with their low cost and easy implementation, make them an optimal element to incorporate into contemporary works. In this article, we present 10 works of architecture from throughout Argentina that demonstrate just some of the innovative ways to apply this classic technique:

Vaults

Virginia House / Reimers Risso Arquitectura

  • Year: 2018
  • Location: Villa Elisa, Buenos Aires

Virginia House / Reimers Risso Arquitectura. Image
Virginia House / Reimers Risso Arquitectura. Image

Rodney House / BAAG

  • Year: 2018
  • Location: Villa Elisa, Buenos Aires

Rodney House / BAAG. Image
Rodney House / BAAG. Image

Ceramic House / Ezequiel Spinelli + Facundo S. López

  • Year: 2018
  • Location: Villa Elisa, Buenos Aires

Ceramic House / Ezequiel Spinelli + Facundo S. López. Image
Ceramic House / Ezequiel Spinelli + Facundo S. López. Image

Luisina House / Reimers Risso Arquitectura

  • Year: 2019
  • Location: Villa Elvira, Buenos Aires

House Luisina / Reimers Risso Arquitectura. Image
House Luisina / Reimers Risso Arquitectura. Image

Viisa House / Francisco Farias Arquitecto y Asociados

  • Year: 2020
  • Location: Exaltación de la Cruz, Buenos Aires

Viisa House / Francisco Farias Arquitecto y Asociados. Image
Viisa House / Francisco Farias Arquitecto y Asociados. Image

Monopoli House / Fabrizio Pugliese

  • Year: 2021
  • Location: San Vicente, Buenos Aires

Monopoli House / Fabrizio Pugliese. Image
Monopoli House / Fabrizio Pugliese. Image

Arches

P House / Estudio Aloras

  • Year: 2014
  • Location: Funes, Santa Fe

P House / Estudio Aloras. Image
P House / Estudio Aloras. Image

Estomba House / Calfat-Mazzocchi

  • Year: 2018
  • Location: Belgrano, Buenos Aires

Estomba House / Calfat-Mazzocchi. Image
Estomba House / Calfat-Mazzocchi. Image

Nido House / Estudio PKa

  • Year: 2018
  • Location: Béccar, Buenos Aires

Nido House / Estudio PKa. Image
Nido House / Estudio PKa. Image

PH José Mármol House / Estudio Yama

  • Year: 2019
  • Location: Boedo, Buenos Aires

PH José Mármol House/ Estudio Yama. Image
PH José Mármol House/ Estudio Yama. Image

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Cite: Maiztegui, Belén. "Vaulted and Arched Ceilings in Argentine Houses: Examples Using Brick, Wood, and Concrete" [Bóvedas y bovedillas en casas argentinas: ejemplos en ladrillo, madera y hormigón] 28 May 2021. ArchDaily. (Trans. Johnson, Maggie) Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/961183/vaulted-and-arched-ceilings-in-argentine-houses-examples-using-brick-wood-and-concrete> ISSN 0719-8884

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