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Last edited 20 Apr 2021
Difference between pillars and columns
A pillar is a vertical support member and may be constructed as a single piece of timber, concrete or steel, or built up out of bricks, blocks and so on. A pillar may have a load-bearing or stabilising function but it may also stand alone as an ornamental element, such as a commemorative pillar, or to maintain symmetry.
However, whereas a pillar does not necessarily have a load-bearing function, a column is a vertical structural member that is intended to transfer a compressive load. For example, a column might transfer loads from a ceiling, floor, or roof slab, or from a beam, to a floor or foundations. Columns are typically constructed in masonry, concrete or structural steel.
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