Barrel vaults from Skyspan Skylights offer an excellent way to create
standout architecture that is practical, aesthetic and affordable.
An architectural highlight of the Roman age, barrel vaults were integral
to the design of magnificent churches and cathedrals, allowing for large
interior spaces, long hallways and cellars. However, the barrel vault design of
the Roman period had its drawbacks including very little light transmission due
to the density of traditional materials.
Modern barrel vaults such as those from Skyspan Skylights eliminate
these drawbacks by perfecting the use of a wide range of glazing, together with
the special development of structural support and glazing fixings to become the
complete system for structural glazing projects of any size while meeting
uncompromising standards in weather-proofing and structural integrity.
Five reasons to consider Skyspan
Natural light is key
Transparent or opaque surfaces maximise the entry of natural light into the
vaulted space, giving the impression of bringing the outdoors inside, and creating
a fresh, vibrant space. The modular nature of barrel vaults maximises interior
Light and airy, but tough as
Stepping away from the limitations of traditional brick and mortar, Skyspan
barrel vaults use tough polycarbonate, strong glazing bars, and geometric
structural support to ensure a weather-proof and long-lasting structure that
adds aesthetic value without compromising on strength and safety.
Your imagination is your design
Although barrel vaults have a long and established architectural
history, Skyspan continually strives to surpass the restrictions of traditional
design by adding practical elements to architectural concepts. Skyspan barrel
vaults incorporate the latest advances in manufacturing technology to fit the
customer’s idea of space, be it a home, office or even greenhouse. Opal, clear,
bronze, and grey solar tints provide the main range of hues. Skyspan’s in-house
thermoforming, metal fabrication, powder coating, and assembly facilities make the
customer’s vision a reality.
Be different, not boring
Adding a barrel vault to the building’s design ensures a more open
perspective to the structure without the boring effect of clean lines and
square shapes. Barrel vaults are different, and they inspire a different way of
Harness the power of history
Apart from being structurally sound and maximising a space, barrel
vaults are magnificent structures, a fact that can still be experienced in
historical constructions. Barrel vaults of today represent the re-emergence of
a powerful trend in architecture, and the intersection between art and science
in practical and aesthetic construction.