Photo Diary of a San Diego Designer in Europe: Cupolas

May 18, 2011

What can you do to your home to add another level of architectural interest? When used, cupolas have a dramatic effect both on the exterior architecture and the interior space they occupy. We are used to seeing cupolas in traditional architecture but if you look a little further you will see they are being incorporated into tract home construction.  You can incorporate this architectural feature into your home whether revised into a contemporary version or an ultra traditional cupola. In the interior, a cupola helps create a centralized focal point due to the high ceilings.  To add to the drama created by the ceilings, create a flooring pattern that radiates from the center point on the floor below the cupola.

Main Entry: cu·po·la
Pronunciation: ˈkyü-pə-lə, ÷-ˌlō

Function: noun
Definition: A cupola is a dome-shaped ornamental structure placed on the top of a larger roof or dome. In some cases, the entire main roof of a tower or spire can be a cupola. More frequently, however, the cupola is a smaller structure which sets on top of the main roof.