Last edited 01 Dec 2017

Why are domes popular?

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The dome has a long history in the built environment, and has been a design feature of many different kinds of architecture around the world. Domes are prominent features of Persian, Roman, Byzantine, Islamic, Italian Renaissance design and so on.

In its simplest form, a dome is a hollow, approximately semi-spherical structural element. However, there are many variations on this basic shape. The ‘Building Construction Handbook’ describes domesas: ‘Double curvature shells which can be rotationally formed by any curved geometrical plane figure rotating about a central vertical axis.’ For more information, see Types of domes.

Other than the monumental and impressive aesthetics of domes, they have several characteristics that have made them such a popular architectural feature.

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