Technological development in Spanish gothic vaults design

Palacios Gonzalo, Jose Carlos and Martin Talaverano, Rafael (2013). Technological development in Spanish gothic vaults design. "International Journal of Architectural Heritage", v. 7 (n. 2); pp. 189-206. ISSN 1558-3066.


Title: Technological development in Spanish gothic vaults design
  • Palacios Gonzalo, Jose Carlos
  • Martin Talaverano, Rafael
Item Type: Article
Título de Revista/Publicación: International Journal of Architectural Heritage
Date: 2013
Volume: 7
Faculty: E.T.S. Arquitectura (UPM)
Department: Construcción y Tecnología Arquitectónica
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The principle of complexity as the evolution vector of the gothic style was an idea largely developed by Paul Frankl. The high complexity reached in the 15th and 16th centuries was possible thanks to the geometrical resources developed in the workshops of the medieval stonemasons. The search for more sophisticated designs was possible also with the higher standardization, so that the most complex ribbed vault could be built with ribs that had all the same curvature and with voussoirs that were therefore identical. Spanish Gothic architecture has been deeply studied from a historical and artistic point of view. The present paper, as a complement to these analyses, aims to point out some of the geometrical methods and technological improvements that late medieval masons were able to develop. In that way, some selected vaults have been measured, in order to study their geometry and design process. Also scale models of some vaults have been built at the Escuela de Arquitectura (Madrid) to validate these geometrical principles. More than just a research method, the scale models allow to understand the medieval construction techniques, and they are a powerful pedagogical tool with which pupils can reach a rewarding experience based on the “medieval-way” praxis.

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