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also span·dril  (spăn′drəl)
1. The roughly triangular space between the left or right exterior curve of an arch and the rectangular framework surrounding it.
2. The space between two arches and a horizontal molding or cornice above them.

[Middle English spaundrell, probably from spandre, space between supporting timbers, from Anglo-Norman spaundre, from spandre, to spread out, from Latin expandere; see expand.]


(ˈspændrəl) or


1. (Architecture) an approximately triangular surface bounded by the outer curve of an arch and the adjacent wall
2. (Architecture) the surface area between two adjacent arches and the horizontal cornice above them
[C15 spaundrell, from Anglo-French spaundre spandrel, from Old French spandre to spread, expand]


or span•dril

(ˈspæn drəl)

1. an area between the extrados of two adjoining arches, or between the extrados of an arch and a framework enclosing it.
2. (in a steel-framed building) a panellike area between the head of a window on one level and the sill of a window immediately above.
[1470–80; earlier spaundrell, probably < Anglo-French spaundre, itself perhaps akin to Old French espandre to expand]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.spandrel - an approximately triangular surface area between two adjacent arches and the horizontal plane above themspandrel - an approximately triangular surface area between two adjacent arches and the horizontal plane above them
surface - the outer boundary of an artifact or a material layer constituting or resembling such a boundary; "there is a special cleaner for these surfaces"; "the cloth had a pattern of red dots on a white surface"
architecture - the discipline dealing with the principles of design and construction and ornamentation of fine buildings; "architecture and eloquence are mixed arts whose end is sometimes beauty and sometimes use"
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It has only one clear story above the ground-floor; but the roof, rising steeply, has several projecting windows, with carved spandrels rather elegantly enclosed in oaken frames, and externally adorned with balustrades.
The spandrel and wing walls suffered due to excessive horizontal and rotational movements and the fibrous sprayed concrete underlining installed in 1981 to strengthen the arch barrel had areas of damage caused by vehicle collision.
The design offers a contemporary interpretation of the SoHo neighborhood's cast iron architecture, articulating traditional characteristics such as uniform composition, column and spandrel vocabulary, and prefabricated construction in a highly modern tone.
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A spandrel is the space between a curved arch and a rectangular boundary; (5) although an artifact of architecture and geometry, since ancient times, artists and architects have used spandrels to enhance the beauty of buildings.
In architecture, a spandrel is the triangular space between two arches.
Stribling & Associates has formed a property management alliance with Spandrel Property Services, a property management firm and affiliate of developer RAL Companies & Affiliates, the firms announced this week.
Composite aluminum panels, tinted vision glass, and matching spandrel glass complete the exterior.