glossary of architectural terms

There are over 300,000 images of locations on the location works web site, which show a quite staggering variety of historical and architectural styles. So here, by popular demand, is an illustrated glossary of architectural terms: here you can learn the difference between a banister and a balustrade, between a column and a collonade.

Use the drop-down menu on the left, or click on one of the terms in the list below, or start here...


arbour
atrium
balcony
baluster
balustrade
bandstand
banister
bartisan
battlement
belvedere
cantilever
casement window
castle
coffered ceiling
collonade
column
corbel
cupola
deck
dormer
fanlight
folly
gazebo
glass balustrade
glass stair
juliet balcony
lobby
loggia
mansard
mullion
newel
oriel window
palace
parapet
parquet
patio
patio door
pavilion
pediment
pergola
pilaster
pillar
porch
portico
quoins
roof lantern
rotunda
sash window
skylight
spiral staircase
staddle stones
terrace
tourelle
veranda
vestibule
volute