Barrel roof

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A barrel roof on the skylights of the Loop5 shopping mall in Darmstadt, Germany.

A barrel roof is a curved roof that, especially from below, is curved like a cut-away barrel. They have some advantages over dome roofs, especially being able to cover rectangular buildings.,[1] due to their uniform cross-section.[2]

Barrel vaults are a particular form of barrel roof.


  1. ^ Billington, David P. (2006). Power, speed, and form: engineers and the making of the twentieth century. Princeton University Press. p. 197. ISBN 0-691-10292-9. 
  2. ^ "Glossary of Architectural Terms - Barrel roof". Archiseek. Archived from the original on 3 June 2010. Retrieved 24 May 2010.