Here you will find a vast resource of terms relevant to anyone interested in the world of surfaces. Throughout this website we have referenced glossary terms to the content, which means you'll be abe to look up a variety of new ideas whilst using this website.

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Tracery is a series of intersecting ribs used in Gothic architecture, especially windows and, in the Perpendicular style of Gothic, vaulting.more...

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Stepwells (bawdi) are in essence wells in which the water can be reached by descending a set of steps. more..

Palladian architecture

Palladian architecture is a European style of architecture derived from the designs of the Italian architect Andrea Palladio (1508–1580). more..

Lapis lazuli

Lapis lazuli (sometimes abbreviated to lapis) is a semi-precious stone prized since antiquity for its intense blue colour. more..


Triglyph is an architectural term for the vertically channeled tablets of the Doric frieze, so called because of the angular channels in them, two perfect and one divided, the two chamfered angles or hemiglyphs being reckoned as one. more..


Arris is an architectural term that describes the sharp edge formed by the intersection of two surfaces, such as the corner of a masonry unit; the junction between two planes of plaster or any intersection of divergent architectural details. more..


Rustication is an architectural term that contrasts with ashlar, smoothly finished, squared block masonry surfaces. more..

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