Timbrel vaults in Sicily. Constructive techniques and intervention methodologies



Almost totally ignored by the official historical and current technical culture, both locally and in the Italian ambit, thin brick vaults actually are mostly demolished or transformed in decorative ceilings. The detailed and comparative knowledge of many cases, encouraged also by building continuity in other countries, but also the partial and total reconstructions that have occurred in recent years, allow to properly assess potentialities and limitations, the real possibility or opportunity for their maintenance, rehabilitation or re-proposal, even preserving the structural function.