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The Anatomy of St. Pauls Dome

Year: 2023

Presenter Name: Taylor Cherrington

St. Paul's Cathedral features an innovative triple dome structure that advanced building methods through religious traditions from late medieval methods. Even though the building exterior evoked classical tradition. When Christopher Wren designed the dome at St. Paul's Cathedral, he did so without using any exposed scaffolding, he demonstrated the ability to control the construction process in its structural essence. The inner dome revolves around a circular drum that is visible from the cathedral interior. Above the inner dome, a brick coned structure rises to support the 850-ton lantern. This cone also supports the enclosed wooden structure beneath the frame of the outer dome. This three-dome system allowed Wren to support such a heavy lantern, while achieving a great height needed to be a historical London landmark. With the use of 3D printing for the study of cultural content to comprehend the principles that stand at the base of a circular dome. These principles are necessary to understand the work of the architect and the reasoning behind time-honored construction that explores the future of architectural design. By constructing a three-dimensional model these principles can be easily explained and understood. The result of this study should produce a greater understanding of building strength and stability in architectural construction of historical methods of design.
University / Institution: Utah Valley University
Type: Poster
Format: In Person
Presentation #A4
SESSION A (9:00-10:30AM)
Area of Research: Architecture
Faculty Mentor: Brandon Ro