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The Martin Centre for Architectural and Urban Studies

- the research arm of the Department of Architecture

Studying at Cambridge


Tile Vaulting

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Tile vaulting is a construction method that was developed around the Mediterranean and relies on the adhesion of several layers of overlapping tiles interconnected by fast drying mortar. The earliest known documents on this method date from the fourteenth century. In the late nineteenth century, the Valencian architect and builder Rafael Guastavino, exported the technique to the United States, where he built a great number of buildings such as the Public Library of Boston designed by McKim, Mead & White.

Research and designs done by this group include:

Mapungubwe National Park Interpretation Centre in South Africa

Earth Pavilion in London