Issue : 18 September 2003
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In with the newSubscription
This new administration office and welfare facility at the vast BMW car plant in Leipzig is a huge, uninterrupted, column-free space containing open-plan offices, with a dramatic roof set 6.5m above the floor and supported on inclined legs at the perimeter. The roof is a 2mdeep space frame of twin 420 x 8mm steel plates, designed to resemble long extruded ribbons of steel, and relatively lighter secondary members.
Engineering and the environmentSubscription
Although less was known about the environmental impact of materials when the Inmos factory was built in 1979 than it is today, considerations of environmental economy played an important part in its design. The structure is outside the enclosing walls so that the internal volume - and the energy needed to cool it - is minimised. Services, placed outside for the same reason, can be maintained without disrupting production processes.
Getting civil with structuresSubscription
To AHA the process of design and construction is a partnership between architect, structural engineer and civil and services engineer. The nine-strong team of civil engineers at the Cirencester headquarters originally evolved from a need to give support to structural projects in terms of roads, drainage and external works, but some projects have developed architectural/ structural/civil collaborations that have been very creative.
Barajas Airport, MadridSubscription
practice profile: anthony hunt associates
The Don Valley athletic stadium in Sheffield, completed in 1991, was one of the first major new sports buildings designed by AHA. Built on the site of a former steelworks, the stadium has a dramatic roof - a series of fabric canopies supported by 12m-high masts and struts. The next stadium, which followed the recommendations of the Taylor Report following the Hillsborough disaster, was the Alfred McAlpine stadium in Huddersfield, a collaboration between AHA and the Lobb Partnership. ...
The insertion of new structures into original buildings is far trickier than a big new build on a greenfield site. 'Re-use and conservation are fundamental skills of the practice, ' says Alan Jones. Working with Corrigan + Soundy + Kiliaditi, AHA has inserted a new storey into New Schools, a colonnaded wing of Eton College built in the 1860s in exuberant Gothic style. The original pitched roof was replaced with a lightweight steel structure; the apex of its new curved roof is no higher ...
Alan Jones, chairman, joined AHA in 1978 as a graduate engineer, gaining extensive experience on a range of projects that include the Schlumberger Cambridge Research building, Waterloo International Terminal and the Eden Project. A chartered engineer and fellow of the Institution of Structural Engineers, Jones now has broad experience of many different materials and structural forms.His current responsibilities include the next phase of development at Eden and the Brighton and Hove ...