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Structural Steel Design Awards 2010 – Zaha Hadid

 In addition to being asked to design  Baghdad’s newest banking headquarters, Zaha Hadid has also been recognized at the Structural Steel Design Awards.  The awards, which are in their 42nd year, are bestowed upon those who attain excellence in both architectural and structural design with the use of steel. 

Hadid’s Legacy Roof was awarded for its “heroic engineering achievement”.  Working with Arup, Rowecord Engineering Ltd and Balfour Beatty Group Ltd, the team has designed an amazing structure to house the for the Olympic Games in  which is 160 m long and is covered by a 3,000 ton roof.  

Its dynamic curvaceous form is definitely a feat of engineering. The judges noted the project’s successful use of steel commenting that the roof  ”has overcome severe program and constructional problems. A necessarily complex structure delivers the form and shape at the heart of what will become the emblematic and beautiful icon of the 2012 Olympics.”

Via Archdaily

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