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0243 - Exhibition Road, London Architectural Biennale 2008


Heyne Tillett Steel provided structural engineering design / advice for a sculptural installation, exhibited as part of an open street festival. The piece is formed using two 6m x 2m stainless steel plates, flexed into a curved profile and tied by cables. The plate is only 6mm thick, and perforated using water-jet cutting techniques. Analysis of the structure is complicated, as the material is stressed beyond it’s elastic limit and is held in only three of the four corners.

Stability is simply achieved through the curved profile in plan, mobilising the self-weight of the sheet and that of the adjacent panel. The sculpture currently now resides in the car park of the architects studios in west London.

Client: Architect: Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands

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Andy Heyne