Arcs in Architecture

This collection contains a variety of designs that can be made with arcs, especially those found in architectural ornamentation. These documents are scripts as opposed to sketches: be sure to try them as scripts tools.

The scripts on this page are available individually (below) or can be downloaded as a package.

Trefoil. The name means "three petals."
Quadrifoil. A four-petaled variant.
Ogee. An ogee arch is based on four arcs, and was frequently used for door and window frames (in Turkish and late Gothic architecture) . The design at the left, based on a regular pentagon, is made up of sixty ogee arches.

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Sketches, scripts, and web pages by Bill Finzer and Nick Jackiw.