The Quadrangle

Vaulted ceilings

A vaulted ceiling is an arched structure of stone, brick or reinforced concrete, called a "vault," that encloses a space.

The simplest form of vaulted ceiling is the semicircular "barrel" vault, which resembles a barrel or tunnel that has been cut in half lengthwise.

Another form is the "rib" or "ribbed" vault in which arching and intersecting stone ribs support a vaulted ceiling surface.

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Nicholson Vestibule's vaulted ceilings

The rib-vaulted ceilings of the Nicholson Vestibule's ground floor, stone staircase and the passageway between the Professorial Board Room and MacLaurin Hall on the first floor are elaborately carved with bosses including mythical creatures, floral motifs and symbols representing various fields of University study.

View images of many of the bosses on these vaulted ceilings.

The ground floor vaulted ceiling

The ground floor vaulted ceiling.

The vaulted ceiling above the staircase

The vaulted ceiling above the staircase.

The first floor vaulted ceiling outside the entrance to MacLaurin Hall

The first floor vaulted ceiling outside the entrance to MacLaurin Hall.


Vice-Chancellor's Vestibule's vaulted ceiling

The Vice-Chancellor's Vestibule - Lobby L - which leads into the Vice-Chancellor's Courtyard, has a rib-vaulted ceiling.

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Vaulted ceiling in the passageway to Science Road

The vaulted ceiling above the passageway between the Great Hall and Administration - Lobby P - is a barrel vault.

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University Art Gallery's vaulted ceiling

The University Art Gallery over Science Road has a barrel-vaulted ceiling decorated with detailed plaster strap work - decorative motifs incorporating interlacing bands or ribbon-like straps.

View of the ceiling and part of the "China and Revolution" exhibition

View of the ceiling and part of the "China and Revolution" exhibition held August - November 2010.


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