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Qantara?
Hi,
I'm wondering about the bridge-like structures which exist in many historic cities and connect two sides of the alley or small street on the second floor. They are private spaces but are built overhang public ones.
What are they called in English and Arabic. I know Qantara is a bridge, but these are more than simply bridges.
I'd be thankful for any feedback.
I'm attaching a picture showing bedding hanging from such a 'bridge'.
Thank you in advance.
Luna Khirfan
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Qantara?
if you are talking about the vault shaped corridor, it is called the (barrel vault) its shape is like the qantara but continuous to form a closed structure...this structure could be on ground or on top it does not matter as long as it is based on a rigid plane that bears its load......
what is also intresting to know and study when two barrel vaults cross each other for circulation purpose to form a marvelous structure called the (cross vault)....
Souheib Mourad
Qantara?
Thanks for the answer, but I am not asking about the structural feature itself, I'm asking about the private space it creates on top of the vault --the "room" over the barrel vault. Does that room (or private space) have a name in Arabic and/or in English? Do the people living in that room call it by a specific name that reflects its location above the public space??
Luna Khirfan
Qantara?
well i have no idea about the technical word...but i think that its name follows its function.....:)
Souheib Mourad
Qantara?
Luna, interesting. I imagine the original structures were simple arch buttresses design to support buildings both sides of an alleyway which then developed into tunnel vaults with indoor spaces (as per your picture) :)))
Frank John Snelling
Qantara?
Thank you Frank!
I'm actually clear on their structure history, however, after using the above photo as an example in my classroom on "lively & local urban spaces" one of my students asked me the question: what do you call these rooms? Do they have a specific name? and I simply did not have an answer.
I guess I'll try to email a local of the city and ask him if the locals call these rooms by any specific name. I really wonder.
Thanks again.
luna
Luna Khirfan
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