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Villa of the BirdsThe Excavation and Preservation of the Kom al-Dikka Mosaics$
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Wojcech Kolataj and Grzegorz Majcherek

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9789774160769

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774160769.001.0001

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The Shelter Design

The Shelter Design

(p.87) Chapter 4 The Shelter Design
Villa of the Birds

Wojciech Kołątaj

Grzegorz Majcherek

Ewa Parandowska

American University in Cairo Press

The shelter, measuring 15 x 12 meters, was designed to protect the mosaics from the detrimental effects of atmospheric factors, mainly rainwater. The roof-supporting structure of the shelter is structurally independent from the ancient walls. Girders of the gabled roof rest from the north on four pillars and a steel beam and from the south, on four pillars and a reinforced concrete beam. The level of the platform, even with the roof-supporting beams, greatly facilitated the whole operation and ensured necessary accuracy. The roof was covered with corrugated iron sheets. Sheets were coated with beige varnish and bolted every 20 centimeters in lines set 3 meters apart. The construction of the shelter was carried out using solely locally produced materials, including building materials, trusses, security glass, and fittings.

Keywords:   protection of mosaics, roof beams, iron sheets, shelter, concrete beams

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