PIANO NOBILE The principal storey, containing the reception rooms and raised above the ground storey, in a building of the classical style.
PIER A square or rectangular post or pillar.
PILASTER A rectangular column applied to a wall and usually in a classical order.
The principal reception and living area in an Italian palace, the first floor above the ground. Image courtesy of Gretchen Ranger
The Italian term for a city square. Image courtesy of Phil Gruen ...
piano nobile: the principal storey of a building, of greater height than the other storeys and raised above a basement or ground floor.
piazza: an Italian public square; in 17th and 18th century England it came to denote a covered arcade surrounding a square.
Principal floor of a classical building above a ground floor or basement and with a lesser storey overhead.
Any Strong, solid support, frequently square in section or of composite section (compound pier).
- main floor of a house, which contains the principal rooms, and which is given added emphasis by having a ground floor or basement, and minor floors above. (Piano is Italian for storey) The sala (saloon) is the main room of the piano nobile.
Piano nobile - the principal floor of a large house, built in the style of renaissance architecture
Plan View - a drawing defined as a vertical orthographic projection on to a horizontal plane, with the horizontal plane cutting through the building.
BasementLowest, subordinate storey; hence the lowest part of a classical elevation, below the piano nobile or principal storey.BasilicaA Roman public hall; hence an aisled building, especially a church, with a clerestory, i.e. windows in the walls rising over the aisles.
Each palace has great suites of state apartments on the first floor - the piano nobile (second story in US) - with coved and painted ceilings. Externally this gives a splendid area of blank wall above each range of windows.