Definition of sculptural in US English:



  • Relating to or resembling sculpture.

    ‘sculptural decoration’
    ‘sculptural works’
    • ‘They share many qualities - such as sustainability, sculptural form, and community participation in their conception - now valued in Western architectural thinking.’
    • ‘Shaped like the letter C, this innovative sculptural seat allows the occupant to sit forwards, backwards and sideways, depending on use.’
    • ‘‘We had to jump through hoops to make it work,’ says Harrow, ‘but we wanted the focus to be this sculptural piece, with the room as just a back-drop.’’
    • ‘Daniel Arts Center takes the regional agrarian buildings as a starting point and then pushes the form into the sculptural realm.’
    • ‘These extras include the very things that define the art of architecture; a new concept, light and space dynamics, ornament and structural expression, sculptural gesture, and innovation.’
    • ‘The building's metal skin looks like the shining surface of a jet, yet it ripples and floats in sculptural freedom.’
    • ‘The roots of penjing plants often rise in sculptural shapes above the stones.’
    • ‘In parallel with the design process, thoughts naturally turned to the proposed method of how physically to cast the highly sculptural forms that had been created.’
    • ‘The masts add structural and sculptural bravura to the rather staid skyline, a gesture - as in some of Richard Rogers' works - of futuristic optimism.’
    • ‘Neutelings Reidijk's architecture, expressed in a tough industrial vocabulary, has a sculptural and, at times, theatrical intensity.’
    • ‘Foyers, auditorium and flytower are all enclosed in a single sculptural form, like an upturned hull, running west-east across the main north-south grain of the building.’
    • ‘The tallest of five office towers, at 80 stories, overlooks the open space and has an antenna or sculptural top to mark the skyline.’
    • ‘Within what is essentially an office building, Schultes has created sculptural scenography out of interstitial space.’
    • ‘The project successfully integrates ecological ambitions with the design of architectural and sculptural elements.’
    • ‘The Nations Wall, a sculptural 250m structure made of tubular steel, is designed to move mechanically in a wave-like motion.’
    • ‘Available in fabric and leather, the sculptural form invites users to adopt a number of comfortable seating positions.’
    • ‘The farmer comes off very sculptural, like an amber statue in the field.’
    • ‘Over the two sessions the similarities and differences between architectural and sculptural practice coalesced around three essential themes.’
    • ‘To be constructed in later phases, the partly subterranean concourse, sculptural in form and carefully illuminated, would create a natural linking device on axis with the centre of the Lanyon building.’
    • ‘Restless inventive energy underlies design of his extraordinary sculptural clothes (requiring the most ingenious cutting) for his own fashion house and for Givenchy, where he is chief designer.’
    solid, concrete, having depth, rounded
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