Reinforced brick light-weight vaults

  • Cesira Paolini Sapienza, Università di Roma
  • Marina Pugnaletto Sapienza, University of Rome. Department of Civil, Constructional and Environmental Engineering



 At the beginning of the Thirties, Italy witnessed a widespread experimentation in new building methods resulting in the construction of examples of quite daring vaulted roofing using reinforced and partly prefabricated brick blocks, a predominantly national material. This research resulted in the construction of many buildings, initially to be used for industrial purposes, which offer interesting construction and structural solutions and are distinguished by their large-sized roofing, with single or double curved surfaces, a significant feature of internal spaces.

How to Cite
PAOLINI, Cesira; PUGNALETTO, Marina. Reinforced brick light-weight vaults. Tema: Technology, Engineering, Materials and Architecture, [S.l.], v. 3, n. 1, p. 124-136, july 2017. ISSN 2421-4574. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 26 may 2018. doi:
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