Germany, Sachsen (Saxony): Around Dresden - paulsmit
[GERMANY.SACHSEN 7297] 'Vaults like origami.' Ribless cellular vaults cover the halls of the Albrechtsburg in Meißen. In 1525 architect Arnold von Westfalen had nearly completed the construction of the castle. In the final stage he got the brilliant idea to leave out the ribs that the arches usually were anchored on. The vaults were to be self-supporting. This enabled faster building if the masons were very experienced. The result was a web of cell-vaults, unfolding in different patterns in each hall and looking like Japanese origami, elegant and seemingly weightless. Photo Paul Smit.