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Fluting (architecture)

Spiral fluted columns in the Great Colonnade at Apamea in Syria

Fluting in architecture is the shallow grooves running vertically along a surface.

The term typically refers to the grooves running on a column shaft or a pilaster, but need not necessarily be restricted to those two applications. If the hollowing out of material meets in a point, the point is called an arris.

If the lower half of the hollowed-out grooves appear to have been re-filled with a cylindrical element, it may be referred to as "cabled fluting."[1]

See also


  1. ^ "Fluting." Dictionary of Architecture & Landscape Architecture. John Fleming, Hugh Honour, and Nikolaus Pevsner. 5th ed. (London: Penguin, 1999).

External links

  • University of Pittsburgh - "fluting" from the Medieval Art and Architecture glossary
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