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.
View on this webpage:
- Nicholson Vestibule's vaulted ceilings
- Vice-Chancellor's Vestibule's vaulted ceiling
- Vaulted ceiling in the passageway to Science Road
- University Art Gallery's vaulted ceiling
Images are courtesy of the University Secretariat. Click on images for enlargement.
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 Vice-Chancellor's Vestibule - Lobby L - which leads into the Vice-Chancellor's Courtyard, has a rib-vaulted ceiling.
The vaulted ceiling above the passageway between the Great Hall and Administration - Lobby P - is a barrel vault.
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.