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The best structural innovations of the year unveiled as 2018 Structural Awards shortlist is announced

The best structural innovations of the year unveiled as 2018 Structural Awards shortlist is announced

The shortlist for The Structural Awards 2018 has been launched at the moment by the Establishment of Structural Engineers. “Provided that 2018 is ‘The Year of Engineering’, our awards are extra related than ever,” stated Martin Powell, chief government of the Establishment of Structural Engineers. “They prove just how innovative our industry is in bringing truly ambitious and monumental projects to life.”

This year’s shortlist accommodates an uncommon and imaginative assortment of entries. Amongst the chosen buildings are a number of bridges, together with New Zealand’s first constructed pedestrian and cycle community arch bridge; sculptural monuments by famend artists; and a cricket stadium which has been dubbed the ‘Lord’s of East Africa’.

Foster + Companions work for Apple, which ought to come as no shock, makes a number of appearances on the listing. Their Steve Jobs Theater Pavilion and their new flagship retailer on Michigan Ave. in Chicago have each been shortlisted in the ‘Structural Artistry’ class. The two glass-wrapped buildings, that includes exceptionally skinny carbon fiber roofs and minimal inner construction, are masterclasses in trendy engineering.

One other Time, by Antony Gormley. Structural Designer: Considine Restricted. Architect: del Renzio & del Renzio.

A current addition to the competitors, the ‘Excessive Situation’ class, added to the competitors final year, contained some of the most compelling of the shortlisted tasks, together with a forged iron sculpture located in the intertidal zone in the sea past Turner Modern artwork gallery. The venture required an anchorage system, utterly invisible but strong sufficient to cope with tidal and breaking wave masses, resulting in artistic engineering options. The world’s first floating wind farm, competing beneath this class as nicely, is one other really revolutionary undertaking. 

For 2018, 53 entries out of 115 tasks have been shortlisted throughout 14 classes. Winners shall be announced throughout an awards ceremony on Friday 16 November at The Brewery, London.

Take a look at extra of the shortlisted tasks under.

Shortlisted in ‘Tall or Slender Buildings’ Class: Duo. Structural Designer: Beca. Architect: Buro Ole Scheeren & DP Architects. Photograph by Iwan Baan © Buro Ole Scheeren

Structural Designer: Beca 
Architect: Buro Ole Scheeren & DP Architects

“The resolution of variable form and load paths in this project demonstrates the ability of the structural engineer to take many different design challenges and resolve them into an apparently simple and buildable form. The two towers present large blocks of cantilevered floors at height. The resulting transfer of vertical load path impacted design and detailing for both the long term permanent structural behavior as well as considerations for construction. Load balancing of the cantilevers at the cores as well as the connection detailing presented challenges for the engineers which were resolved through careful consideration and early involvement with the contractor.”

Shortlisted in ‘Lengthy Span Buildings’ Class: Louvre Abu Dhabi. Structural Designer: BuroHappold Engineering. Architect: Jean Nouvel. Photograph by Mohamed Somji.

Louvre Abu Dhabi

Structural Designer: BuroHappold Engineering

Architect: Jean Nouvel

“The great success of the Louvre Abu Dhabi is to achieve the 180m diameter dome roof structure that is so fully integrated with the architecture that the distinction is hard to draw. From the concept stages defining the geometry of the roof layers and analyzing the light filtering effect to the final detailing and consideration of construction process, the engineers must be credited for bringing a painstaking level of attention to detail, more usually associated with smaller-scale architectural engineering, to the design of a structure of such scale featuring 11,000 individual structural elements. Beyond this, the support of the roof on just four points around its circumference presented special challenges beyond those usually encountered with dome structures and these were managed with skill and aplomb by the engineers.”

Shortlisted in ‘Car Bridges’ Class: Tamina Canyon Crossing. Structural Designer: Leonhardt, Andrä und Companion, Volkhard Angelmaier. Architect: Volkhard Angelmaier. Photograph by Bastian Kratzke.

Tamina Canyon Crossing
Structural Designer: Leonhardt, Andrä und Companion, Volkhard Angelmaier
Architect: Volkhard Angelmaie

“This is undoubtedly an outstanding engineering solution, and the judges were impressed by the elegance, clarity and economy of the design. The judges noted the efficiency of the structural system, as well as the beautiful way that the design integrates with its spectacular surroundings. This is a concrete arch design in the best traditions of Christian Menn and Robert Maillart, and the engineers have produced a world class and graceful design.”

Shortlisted in ‘Pedestrian Bridges’ Class: Suzhou Dajia, Double Bridges. Structural Designer: Yuan Xin, Shanghai Co-base Structural Metal Co., Ltd. Architect: Shanghai Lacime Architect Design Co., Ltd.

Suzhou Dajia, Double Bridges 

Structural Designer: Yuan Xin, Shanghai Co-base Structural Metal Co., Ltd

Architect: Shanghai Lacime Architect Design Co., Ltd

“These two covered footbridges span 28m over a river running through a recently built high quality residential development. The brief was to provide bridges of equivalent high quality in a form that recognizes the traditional Chinese footbridge. Old bridges were made of wood, had relatively short spans, and were covered with a tiled roof. The challenge was to create a new design in contemporary materials that could span 28m. The design that was developed makes use of the canopy and the bridge deck working together with ingenious triangulated steel frames to form a vierendeel truss. Both canopy and deck are made of fabricated box sections, and the frames, at 2.25m centres, provide the vierendeel throughout all of the bridge with the exception of the last two bays at each end where steel bar diagonals are needed to transmit the shear. The triangulated frames are placed in the centre of the footpath so that both sides of the bridge are entirely clear of structure. The result is a very elegant contemporary version of the traditional bridge.”

Shortlisted in ‘Small Tasks (of underneath £1 million)’ Class: Rwanda Cricket Stadium. Structural Designer: Mild Earth Designs. Architect: Mild Earth Designs LLP. Photograph by Jonathan Gregson.

Rwanda Cricket Stadium
Structural Designer: Mild Earth Designs
Architect: Mild Earth Designs LLP

“The stadium adapts ancient Mediterranean techniques of thin-tile vaulting using compressed soil-cement tiles and geogrid reinforcement for seismic stabilization. It is composed by three vaults, the largest spanning 16m with a rise of over 9m. The vaults follow the natural resolution of forces toward the ground, closely mimicking the parabolic geometry of a bouncing ball and evoking the cherished hilly topography of Rwanda. Employing air-dried, hand-pressed soil tiles, produced using local labour, this method of construction has proved to be innovative, cost effective and beautiful.”

Shortlisted in ‘Small Tasks (of between £1-Three million)’ Class: Cadogan Track Faculty. Structural Designer: Kamal Fozdar – Consulting Structural Engineer. Architect: Palassis Architects.

Cadogan Track Faculty
Structural Designer: Kamal Fozdar – Consulting Structural Engineer
Architect: Palassis Architects

“The dramatic colonnade entrance to this building, which fills a confined space between the cathedral and rectory, provides a dramatic visual impact by the use curved pre-cast white concrete elements with sandblast finish. The building is predominantly formed from off-site modular elements brought together to form internal curved beams, external walls with glazing to shed light to the lower floors and U-shaped columns supporting the vaulted arches up to two sloping and curved and sloping pre-cast concrete spires. This represents excellence in offsite structural component technology demonstrating an ability to achieve the shape and form of the architectural intent. The challenging pre-cast concrete structural shapes were created using a computer-generated mould system. The structural solution implemented demonstrates efficient use of material and speed of construction.”

Shortlisted in ‘Buildings in Excessive Circumstances’ Class: The Stability Body, Hywind Scotland. Structural Designer: Saipem Restricted. Photograph by Lee Sutterby.

The Stability Body, Hywind Scotland
Structural Designer: Saipem Restricted

“The installation of five Wind Turbine Generators (WTGs) by the Semi‐Submersible Crane Vessel Saipem 7000 on Statoil’s Hywind Scotland Project using the Saipem Stability Frame. Hywind Scotland is the world’s first floating wind farm. This was also the world’s first installation of a fully assembled WTG onto a floating substructure. The Stability Frame used 25% of the material of a traditional frame and was far more efficient in terms of execution schedule. This delivered a cost saving to the project of 1.7m euros. The assembly was carried out in Stord, Norway, then the fully assembled turbines were towed to Scotland.”

Shortlisted in ‘Structural Heritage’ Class: The Hoover Constructing. Structural Designer: Interrobang. Architect: Interrobang. Photograph by Morley von Sternberg.

The Hoover Constructing
Structural Designer: Interrobang
Architect: Interrobang

“A Grade II listed Art Deco building converted from an office to 66 homes. The project required careful and considered design, complementing the historic fabric and utilising the existing structure while converting the building by adding additional levels between the existing floor slabs. Existing and proposed loads were carefully balanced with a timber-framed solution, designed to shift the additional weight to locations that could support it.”

Shortlisted in ‘Structural Transformation’ Class: V&A Grain Silo Complicated. Structural Designer: Arup and Sutherland Engineers. Architect: Heatherwick Studio. © Arup

V&A Grain Silo Complicated
Structural Designer: Arup and Sutherland Engineers
Architect: Heatherwick Studio

“A grain silo complicated repurposed to create a 10,000m² museum of modern artwork and 5 star luxurious lodge. Retaining a lot of the unique construction, an atrium reveals the unique workings of the constructing making a juxtaposition with the new ‘white box’ gallery areas. The transformation of the unique working home right into a lodge was made potential by altering the stability system from exterior shear partitions to an inner concrete core, while sustaining as a lot of the unique construction and character as potential”

Shortlisted in ‘Development Innovation’ Class: Perry Bridge. Structural Designer: Holmes Consulting. Photograph by Saul Osborne.

Perry Bridge
Structural Designer: Holmes Consulting

“A fine example of thinking outside the box to launch this 130m long slender network arch pedestrian bridge across the river. Sliding the leading edge of the bridge arch along pretensioned cables anchored to both river banks required careful analysis and engineering finesse. To see this erected in this manner in just under two hours must have been a sight to behold. Great engineering.”

Shortlisted in ‘Development Integration’ Class: Apple Michigan Avenue. Structural Designer: Foster+Companions and Simpson Gumpertz and Heger. Architect: Foster+Companions Photograph by Nigel Younger.

Apple Michigan Avenue
Structural Designer: Foster + Companions and Simpson Gumpertz and Heger
Architect: Foster + Companions

“A new retail store featuring an exceptionally thin carbon fibre roof (1m deep x 33.7m x 29.8m in plan) supported on four columns. A structural steel roof frame supports the carbon fibre roof which together cantilever 8.3m to the south, 9.3m to the east and west, and 6.3m to the north. The store is split over two levels level with an interior tapering mezzanine balcony flanked by grand stairs to either side, creating a stunning central volume. The design is truly integrated, combining structural engineering with the other core design disciplines and specialist fabricators to achieve a visionary client’s aspirations.”

Shortlisted in the “Structural Artistry’ Category: Sunset Dream Catcher—Echelman Sculpture. Structural Designer: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. Architect: Skimore, Owings & Merrill LLP, Janet Echelman. Photo by Benny Chan.

Sunset Dream Catcher—Echelman Sculpture
Structural Designer: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
Architect: Skimore, Owings & Merrill LLP, Janet Echelman

“This massive-scale, floating internet sculpture was developed for the Sundown La Cienega venture in West Hollywood, California. The aerial sculpture was designed in collaboration with artist Janet Echelman and spans the two towers of the improvement. The paintings’s inspiration stems from goals and the concept of dreaming lodge visitors asleep in the two buildings that cradle and help the sculpture.”

Shortlisted in the ‘Development Innovation’ Class: Revolutionary Touring Body – U2 ‘The Joshua Tree’ Tour 2017. Structural Designer: Atelier One Ltd. Architect: Designer: PRG Tasks. Photograph by Stutfish.

Progressive Touring Body – U2 ‘The Joshua Tree’ Tour 2017
Structural Designer: Atelier One Ltd
Architect: Designer: PRG Tasks

“This reimagined support structure for LED screen panels keeps construction innovation in lockstep with rapid technological advance. The judges were impressed with the clever thinking that resulted in a support structure that creatively uses carbon fibre reinforced plastic to substantially improve collapsibility and pack size as well as speed of assembly and disassembly. Add to that its adaptability to vertical and horizontal positioning as well as convex and concave surfaces and you have leading edge structural design on the big stage.”

Shortlisted in ‘Sustainability’ and ‘Excessive Circumstances’ Classes: Haiti Chapel. Structural Designer: Webb Yates Engineers. Architect: Guylee Simmonds.

Haiti Chapel
Structural Designer: Webb Yates Engineers
Architect: Guylee Simmonds

“Conceived to be built using locally available trades and materials, the chapel fulfils a useful function in an area that has suffered significant natural disasters. It provides a new large space for services, meetings and staff training, as well as several connecting offices for counselling and consulting. The chapel has been designed to resist seismic action and hurricane wind loads and is an excellent example of a structural design delivering tangible improvements to peoples’ lives.”

Discover the full shortlist right here.

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