P O R T I C O . . .
A roofed space, open or partly enclosed, forming the entrance and centre-piece of the facade of the building.
An enduring symbol of architecture, of stability.
An opening, doorway, gate, entry, entrance.
An invitation or gesture to enter and pass through to what lies within or beyond.
An element that represents the initial image, encountered before fuller exploration of the whole.
A threshold for discovery, experience and fulfillment.