Central-plan building
(740 words)

[German version]

The term central-plan building (CB) describes an edifice -- either detached or integrated into an architectural ensemble - with main axes of equal or nearly equal lengths, so that none is dominant. The basic shapes of a CB are a circle, a square, or a regular polygon, sometimes with an additional projection to set off the entrance. According to this definition, the Greek  tholos is a centralized building, as are various other examples of circular  funerary architecture ( Tumulus; esp. the mausolea of Augustus and Hadrian in Rome with their influence on sub…

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Höcker, Christoph (Kissing), “Central-plan building”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 16 October 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e12216250>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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