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18:50 Mar 16, 2002
Catalan to English translations [PRO]
Tech/Engineering / stone construction
Catalan term or phrase: especejament (de pedra)
I think this refers to the way the stones were cut to different lengths but the same height and depth.

"Treballant en tres dimensions
Per a concebre la façana [de la Casa Calvet], Gaudí va fer el dibuix i els plànols pertinents, però com feia habitualment, també va fer la maqueta en guix, de manera que tot el treball escultòric prengués forma i dimensió en l’espai. El material emprat va ser la pedra de Montjuïc picada en la planta baixa i amb un especejament que es diu que recorda el del Pont del Diable de Tarragona, per a la resta de l’edifici."
xxxJon Zuber

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Sheila Hardie



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I don't know if this is of any help, but here is a photo of the Pont del Diable. There are lots of stones cut at different lenghts in the bridge. Well, have a look and you'll see, I can't describe it very well! I found references to quartering rocks. So, maybe this term could be used.




Els constructors dels ponts coneixien i sabien quines eren les virtuts de cadascuna de les pedres que tenien a l'abast i les dificultats al tall que presentaven degut a la seva duresa i a les eines rudimentàries de què es disposava. Aixó va impedir que l'especejament dels arcs de mig punt consistís en dovelles trapezoïdals com recomanaven els tractats de construcció. A muntanya, les dovelles són lloses de pissarra triades, de mides similars i "manuals" (és a dir, que l'operari podia transportar cada llosa tot sol), que es col·loquen a pressió fins arribar a la clau, que a vegades és conformada per un joc de peces fent uve, i en altres casos es soluciona amb les mateixes lloses lleugerament més amples per dalt que per baix.

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[de especejar]

m 1 1 Acció d'especejar o especejar-se;

2 l'efecte.

2 TECNOL Pla o conjunt de plans en què són representades totes i cadascuna de les peces que formen part d'un conjunt o una màquina.

Note added at 2002-03-16 19:22:34 (GMT)

This is the reference to the photo of the bridge! Sorry.

Note added at 2002-03-16 19:32:09 (GMT)

This may be completely wrong, but I found a reference to the facade of the Casa Calvet being covered in a double pediment. Maybe this is what they are referring to?


Location:    Carrer de Casp, 48      Barcelona.
Qualification:  xxxxx  (3 on 5)
Present condition:  Façades: Both street and back Good
                               Interiors: Hall, stairs and mezzanine areas Good, other parts
                               adapted to actual needs.
Visits:  Because the building is private owned, it is not possible to visit the interior, except the hall, during Year of Gaudí 2002 once a week. (Ruta Gaudí)
Project of the architect Antoni Gaudí i Cornet of 1898 and builded between 1898 and 1900.
Awarded in 1900 by the Municipality of Barcelona.
This is the first Gaudí neighbors building, made for the Calvet family (textile manufacturers).
The façade made in stone and iron, was developed with the collaboration of Lluis Badía (forged iron) and the carpenter Casas i Bardé.
The façade is topped with a double pediment -with two fantasious axle trees made in forged iron- crowned by forged iron crosses.
Each side and the center part of façade are orned with the heads of Saint Peter (the owner father patron) Saint Genis notary and Saint Genis comedian (patrons of Andreu Calvet birthplace Vilassar de Mar).
Back façade (non visible from the street) is very interesting and apreciated by specialists.
The lift with its decoration in wood, iron and cristal is an also artwork.  
The furniture of ground and first floor had been designed by Gaudí and are partially visible in Gaudí Museum into the Park Güell.
This is perhaps the most conventional Gaudí building.

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One entry found for pediment.

Main Entry: ped·i·ment
Pronunciation: \'pe-d&-m&nt
Function: noun
Etymology: alteration of obsolete English periment, probably alteration of English pyramid
Date: 1592
1 : a triangular space that forms the gable of a low-pitched roof and that is usually filled with relief sculpture in classical architecture; also : a similar form used as a decoration
2 : a broad gently sloping bedrock surface with low relief that is situated at the base of a steeper slope and is usually thinly covered with alluvial gravel and sand
- ped·i·men·tal /\"pe-d&-\'men-t&l/ adjective
- ped·i·ment·ed /\'pe-d&-\"men-t&d/ adjective

Note added at 2002-03-17 08:59:01 (GMT)

What about this - tri-lobed. Could this be what you are looking for, Jon. HTH Sheila


If we look back up towards the top, we observe that the balconies to either side of the tribune are more soaring and their stone slabs are tri-lobed.

Sheila Hardie
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