The leaning vault house investigates the qualities of space created as a direct consequence of structure and construction. The project explores the Nubian or leaning vault which is an ancient method of constructing vaulted spaces without the need for timber centring. These vaults instead rely on a structural wall to lean each layer of brickwork against creating inclined courses and allowing the vault to be bridged without additional support. The spatial potential inherent in this way of making is tested through the intersection of three vaulted rooms sharing a common structural wall.
The project was designed as part of the ‘MADE’ group exhibition, originally shown in the Royal Hibernian Academy in Dublin, Ireland.