Dream This Up: Structures Meld Art and Design
If you build it, the awards will come. The shortlist for the2014 Structural Awards
has been announced, celebrating the best in structural design and engineering from around the globe. Handed out annually by the Institution of Structural Engineers, the awards cover a wide range -- buildings, bridges, residential homes, arenas and public sculptures. What follows is just a sampling of the dozens of finalists in the 13 award categories.
The Serpentine Sackler Gallery in London's Kensington Gardens was built to incorporate the existing Magazine Building -- a historically significant 19th-century munitions store.
Fast + Epp
One of five shortlisted projects in the Highway or Railway Bridge category, the Elbebridge spans, yes, the Elbe River near the Schönebeck, Germany. It's the largest cable-stayed bridge in the region.
Next time you're passing through Heathrow airport, look for the new Slipstream sculpture, designed to express the movement of a stunt plane flying through the terminal entrance. Made from more than 32,000 wood and metal parts, it's the longest permanent sculpture in Europe.
In the Community or Residential Structures category, the Kew House in London, England, is a four-bedroom family home designed to fit in a tight space. Looks like you could get some good reading done here, and if privacy seems to be an issue, note that there's a brick perimeter wall around the entire home.
The intricate steel roof of this marketplace structure in Barcelona, Spain, was assembled at ground floor level before being raised into place.
Built in an ancient forest in East Sussex, England, the Red Bridge House is designed to minimize visual impact while providing clear views of the landscape. The reinforced concrete core structure is partially embedded in the hillside. Oh, and there's a swimming pool on the basement level.
Marcel Lam Photography
At 255 meters (837 feet), the Shenzhen Stock Exchange building in China was designed to achieve strict requirements at different levels of seismic events. Specifically, it's built to sustain no structural damage during the most powerful kind of earthquake likely in the region. The building also earned the highest rating of Green Code sustainability criteria.
Built in the 1930s, the Manchester Library in England is beloved for its circular Reading Room, which sits atop four stories of book stacks. Renovating the space while preserving history involved complicated structural alterations and temporary supports -- and moving a lot of books. The project is shortlisted in the Structural Heritage category.
This Apple retail display space in Istanbul, Turkey, was praised by judges for its simplicity. It's made of exactly five elements -- four sheets of glass and a reinforced plastic roof, held together with structural silicone.
Patrick Reynolds / Knight Architects
The image above shows just a portion of the 265-meter long Lower Hatea River Crossing in New Zealand, a sort of next-generation drawbridge inspired by various cultural designs of the Maori people. In fact, the opening section is inspired by a Maori fish hook design.