30.09.2012

Load-Bearing Structures

This issue focuses on diverse combinations of architecture and support structures. The structures presented include a pre-stressed concrete construction, a twisted wood frame truss, a point-supported bowl composed of pre-fabricated steel elements and a lattice bowl with an enormous span width. Helen & Hard's library in Norway illustrates how a support structure made of glue-laminated timber can merge with built-in components and furniture.

A pavilion at the University of Tokyo makes use of a strut system in the form of a tensegrity structure for its temporary  architecture. A framework of a completely different kind was used by gmp Architekten for the national stadium in Warsaw: the roof consists of a modified bicycle-wheel-like structure that can be completely enclosed by a membrane. In an interview, Volkwin Marg of gmp Architekten talks about his experiences in conducting major representative projects in many different countries all over the world.

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