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Neue Überlegungen zum Grundrissentwurf der Sergios- und Bakchoskirche in Istanbul

Svenshon, Helge (2013):
Neue Überlegungen zum Grundrissentwurf der Sergios- und Bakchoskirche in Istanbul.
In: architectura, Deutscher Kunstverlag, pp. 113-128, 2013, (2), ISSN 0044863x, [Article]

Abstract

Summary The former Church of Saints Sergius and Bacchus, now called "Küçük Ayasofya", remains an academic void that requires urgent processing, through which a deeper understanding of the processes of design and construction techniques of centrally planned buildings in late antiquity could be developed. The absence of deformation-true architectural survey has so far made an analytical examination of the building largely impossible and therefore also led to significant miscalculations in the interpretation of the geometrical shape. Based on the data collected through terrestrial laser scanning the overall spatial system of the building could now be thoroughly determined and fundamentally analysed for the first time. It appears that the ground plan design, despite its striking asymmetries on a conceptual level, was developed consistently from the geometry of a regular octagon. At the same time it could be demonstrated that the dimensions of the floor plan, despite the sometimes large deviations, can be described with a system of rational numbers. The irritating deviations are ultimately the result of only one error that occurred to the craftsmen on the site, although in doing so the observed revision attempts cast an interesting light on the building practices of the late antiquity.

Item Type: Article
Erschienen: 2013
Creators: Svenshon, Helge
Title: Neue Überlegungen zum Grundrissentwurf der Sergios- und Bakchoskirche in Istanbul
Language: German
Abstract:

Summary The former Church of Saints Sergius and Bacchus, now called "Küçük Ayasofya", remains an academic void that requires urgent processing, through which a deeper understanding of the processes of design and construction techniques of centrally planned buildings in late antiquity could be developed. The absence of deformation-true architectural survey has so far made an analytical examination of the building largely impossible and therefore also led to significant miscalculations in the interpretation of the geometrical shape. Based on the data collected through terrestrial laser scanning the overall spatial system of the building could now be thoroughly determined and fundamentally analysed for the first time. It appears that the ground plan design, despite its striking asymmetries on a conceptual level, was developed consistently from the geometry of a regular octagon. At the same time it could be demonstrated that the dimensions of the floor plan, despite the sometimes large deviations, can be described with a system of rational numbers. The irritating deviations are ultimately the result of only one error that occurred to the craftsmen on the site, although in doing so the observed revision attempts cast an interesting light on the building practices of the late antiquity.

Journal or Publication Title: architectura
Volume: 2013
Number: 2
Publisher: Deutscher Kunstverlag
Divisions: 15 Department of Architecture > Fachgruppe A: Historische Grundlagen > Geschichte und Theorie der Architektur / GTA
15 Department of Architecture > Fachgruppe A: Historische Grundlagen > Klassische Archäologie
15 Department of Architecture > Fachgruppe A: Historische Grundlagen
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