Re: [z_scale] Re: Stone Arcades / Specific Design & Usage
- Hello John,
My, my, my what beautiful photos. Thanks for finding them.
As you have already guessed and also as I am guessing;
it is logical that the recessed arch is load bearing, whereas
the "filled" in portion is serving as a retaining wall. A
dual purpose structure.
We don't see a lot of this kind of stonework in the US
because we don't have as large a masonry tradition as
you find in Europe. It is more convenient for us to do all this
stuff in concrete anyway. And yes the arch is more
visually appealing than just a smooth gray surface.
Our freeways have this cold look and there isn't much
that can be done about it. But freeways are interesting in other
I have no problem calling an arcaded viaduct an "arcade".
Naturally, the Roman aqueducts are the original, many
of which have stood for over 1900 years.
Intaglio is an art term for deeply incised and recessed images
or ornamentation (but there is no reason a railroad man
can't adopt the idea). See Egyptian Art and Architecture.
Thanks again for the pics.
John Cubbin wrote:
> Hi Reynard,[Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
> Actually a couple of arcade / arch questions, and I've just looked one
> up online, that is the actual definition of an arcade, according to
> A series of arches with their columns or piers.
> The question I had is why would the interior of the arches be created
> intaglio at all? I believe this type of recessed design is done more
> the sake of visual appeal than for actual strength, the arches are
> already supplying the strength.
> A couple of photos:
> Now this shows a "conventional" arcade I believe, where this photo:
> Shows an arcade where the arch interiors are created in intaglio, if
> like (BTW, is this a generally accepted rail term?).
> The only thing that comes to mind is that an arch with it's recesses
> filled (intaglio) is also designed to act as a retaining wall.
> Last note, I would imagine a simple retaining wall would not be
> as an arcade, as it is acting as a barrier rather than a load bearing