Masonry structure typically consisting of an inclined bar carried on a half arch that extends (“flies”) from the upper part of a wall to a pier some distance away and carries the thrust of a roof or vault. A pinnacle (vertical ornament of pyramidal or conical shape) often crowns the pier, adding weight and enhancing stability. The flying buttress evolved in the Gothic era from earlier simpler, hidden supports. The design increased the supporting power of the buttress and allowed for the creation of the high-ceilinged churches typical of Gothic architecture.
Event: flying buttress
Keywords: flying buttress
(1669) : a masonry structure that typically consists of a straight inclined bar carried on an arch and a solid pier or buttress against which it a
n 1 a buttress supporting a wall or other structure by an arch or part of an arch that transmits the thrust outwards and downwards Also called: arc
An exterior arched prop designed to resist lateral thrust in a building (e.g. the tendency of a vault to push the walls outward). ( Gothic...