Architectural Details

Reconstructed column of Elst-Westeraam Reconstructed Tuscan column of the Gallo-Roman Tempel of Elst-Westeraam
Reconstruction: PANSA BV
Computer still: Jonker & Wu

When reconstructing a Roman building PANSA BV combines archaeological and architectural expertise. All reconstructions are detailed full-size using relevant archaeological information in a process that is accompanied by the fundamentals of architectural design. PANSA BV reproduces Roman craftsmanship both esthetically and structurally.

In the Netherlands Roman buildings were initially made of timber framework. These complexes had wooden floors, whereas roofs were covered with wood shingles (see: Residence of the Roman Commander). From the mid-first century AD stone techniques were used for all important buildings. In the Nijmegen area a vast number of fragments from Corinthian and Tuscan columns, elaborated entablatures and other architectural ornaments all made of limestone were found (see: Headquarters of the Roman Army). The roofs of these stone buildings were covered with standard Roman tiles. The interior climate of the stone buildings benefited from the application of window glass.

The outer appearance of doors, windows and fences is reconstructed based on remains of the original metalwork and information obtained from structural details, like specific lintels and impost blocks. The further detailing corresponds to the related descriptions of Vitruvius and archaeological evidence from many sites, both in the northern region and the Mediterranean.

It is generally felt that the quality of the architectural details adds to the public’s perception of the building substantially. It is the detailing that makes the difference between a building that looks like an enlarged scale model and a building that convincingly brings back what was lost in the past.

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Section of facade basilica of the Roman headquarters Entrance to the aedes in the principia on the Hunerberg Schematized Tuscan capital Fences in the Roman House...