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Vault

A Vault (French. voute, Italian. volta, German. Gewölbe, Polish. sklepienie) is an architectural term for an arched form used to provide a space with a ceiling or roof. The parts of a vault exert a thrust that require a counter resistance. more..

Verandah

A verandah or veranda is a roofed opened gallery or porch. It is also described as an open pillared gallery, generally roofed, built around a central structure. more..

Viaduct

Viaduct is a bridge composed of several small spans. The term viaduct is derived from the Latin via for road and duco to lead something. more..

Victorian house

A Victorian house as built in the United States and Canada is a type of house popularized in the Victorian era. more..

Villa

A villa was originally an upper-class country house, though since its origins in Roman times the idea and function of a villa has evolved considerably. more..

Villa Adriana

The Hadrian's Villa (Villa Adriana in Italian) is a large Roman archaeological complex at Tivoli, Italy. more..

Villa Foscari

Villa Foscari is a patrician villa in Mira, near Venice, northern Italy, designed by the Italian architect Andrea Palladio. more..

Volute

A volute is a spiral scroll-like ornament that forms the basis of the Ionic order, found in the capital of the Ionic column. more..

Voussoir

A voussoir is a wedge-shaped element, typically a stone, used in building an arch. more..

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