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Structural Awards honor the most impressive engineering feats of 2018

The Steve Jobs Theater Pavilion in California was given the Award for Structural Artistry
The Steve Jobs Theater Pavilion in California was given the Award for Structural Artistry
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The Tamina Canyon Crossing stretches 473 m (1,552 ft) , and stands 200 m (656 ft) above the gorge
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The Tamina Canyon Crossing stretches 473 m (1,552 ft) , and stands 200 m (656 ft) above the gorge
The Tamina Canyon Crossing in Switzerland picked up The Supreme Award for Structural Excellence and the Award for Vehicle Bridges
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The Tamina Canyon Crossing in Switzerland picked up The Supreme Award for Structural Excellence and the Award for Vehicle Bridges
The Dubai Frame is designed to look like a huge picture frame
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The Dubai Frame is designed to look like a huge picture frame
The Dubai Frame is made up of two towers connected by a sky bridge, which serves as an observation deck for visitors
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The Dubai Frame is made up of two towers connected by a sky bridge, which serves as an observation deck for visitors
The Dubai Frame stands 150 m (492 ft) tall and 93 m (305 ft) wide
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The Dubai Frame stands 150 m (492 ft) tall and 93 m (305 ft) wide
The Dubai Frame in the United Arab Emirates picked up the Award for Tall or Slender Structures 
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The Dubai Frame in the United Arab Emirates picked up the Award for Tall or Slender Structures 
The Award for Long Span Structures was granted to the 500-m Aperture Spherical Telescope (FAST) in China
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The Award for Long Span Structures was granted to the 500-m Aperture Spherical Telescope (FAST) in China
With a 500-m (1,640-ft) aperture and a 300-m (984-ft) radius spherical crown,FAST is the world's largest single-aperture telescope and the largest space structure ever built
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With a 500-m (1,640-ft) aperture and a 300-m (984-ft) radius spherical crown,FAST is the world's largest single-aperture telescope and the largest space structure ever built
On top of everything else, FAST was assembled in a mountainous region with complicated terrain, which makes its construction even more impressive
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On top of everything else, FAST was assembled in a mountainous region with complicated terrain, which makes its construction even more impressive
Among other goals, FAST will scour the universe for signs of radio signals from potential extraterrestrial intelligence
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Among other goals, FAST will scour the universe for signs of radio signals from potential extraterrestrial intelligence
The Perry Bridge in New Zealand picked up the Award for Pedestrian Bridges
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The Perry Bridge in New Zealand picked up the Award for Pedestrian Bridges
Spanning 130 m 427 ft) and measuring 3 m (10 ft) wide, the Perry Bridge is a cycling and walking bridge over the River Waikato
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Spanning 130 m 427 ft) and measuring 3 m (10 ft) wide, the Perry Bridge is a cycling and walking bridge over the River Waikato
The judges were impressed by the unique way the bridge was launched: "The bridge steelwork was constructed on the bank, cables were tensioned across the gap and the leading edge of the bridge was drawn across, sliding on skids on the cables. This most ingenious method only took two hours and a tracked excavator to get the bridge in place."
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The judges were impressed by the unique way the bridge was launched: "The bridge steelwork was constructed on the bank, cables were tensioned across the gap and the leading edge of the bridge was drawn across, sliding on skids on the cables. This most ingenious method only took two hours and a tracked excavator to get the bridge in place."
The roof of the Rwanda Cricket Stadium is designed to look like the path of a bouncing ball
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The roof of the Rwanda Cricket Stadium is designed to look like the path of a bouncing ball
The largest dome of the Rwanda Cricket Stadium is 16 m (52.5 m) wide and 9 m (29.5 m) tall 
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The largest dome of the Rwanda Cricket Stadium is 16 m (52.5 m) wide and 9 m (29.5 m) tall 
The Rwanda Cricket Stadium won the Award for Small Projects (of under £1 million)
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The Rwanda Cricket Stadium won the Award for Small Projects (of under £1 million)
The Rwanda Cricket Stadium is made of air-dried, hand-pressed soil tiles
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The Rwanda Cricket Stadium is made of air-dried, hand-pressed soil tiles
The Hywind Scotland Stability Frame won the Award for Structures in Extreme Conditions
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The Hywind Scotland Stability Frame won the Award for Structures in Extreme Conditions
The Hywind Scotland Project is a floating structure with wind turbines installed on it 
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The Hywind Scotland Project is a floating structure with wind turbines installed on it 
The Hywind Scotland Project was assembled in Norway then towed to Scotland
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The Hywind Scotland Project was assembled in Norway then towed to Scotland
The Hoover Building in London picked up the Award for Structural Heritage
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The Hoover Building in London picked up the Award for Structural Heritage
The almost-century-old Hoover Building was converted from an office to 66 apartments
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The almost-century-old Hoover Building was converted from an office to 66 apartments
The renovated Hoover Building keeps the Art Deco stylings of the original structure and adds modern flair
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The renovated Hoover Building keeps the Art Deco stylings of the original structure and adds modern flair
The Rømerhus in Denmark picked up the Award for Structural Transformation
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The Rømerhus in Denmark picked up the Award for Structural Transformation
The ceiling of the Rømerhus atrium
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The ceiling of the Rømerhus atrium
The engineers managed to keep the 1895 facade of the Rømerhus intact while converting the inside into offices and retail space
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The engineers managed to keep the 1895 facade of the Rømerhus intact while converting the inside into offices and retail space
The Rømerhus' inner courtyard has been converted into a five-story atrium
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The Rømerhus' inner courtyard has been converted into a five-story atrium
The Victoria & Albert Exhibition Road Quarter in London picked up the Award for Construction Integration
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The Victoria & Albert Exhibition Road Quarter in London picked up the Award for Construction Integration
The V&A Exhibition Road Quarter was built into a courtyard space between heritage-listed buildings
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The V&A Exhibition Road Quarter was built into a courtyard space between heritage-listed buildings
The new work adds 1,100 sq m (11,840 sq ft) of extra gallery space to the V&A Museum 
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The new work adds 1,100 sq m (11,840 sq ft) of extra gallery space to the V&A Museum 
The folded plate structure supports the new courtyard and cafe on top, and is suspended over the gallery space inside
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The folded plate structure supports the new courtyard and cafe on top, and is suspended over the gallery space inside
The Steve Jobs Theater Pavilion in California was given the Award for Structural Artistry
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The Steve Jobs Theater Pavilion in California was given the Award for Structural Artistry
The Steve Jobs Theater Pavilion has a 47-m (154-ft) carbon fiber roof which is entirely supported by a 7-m-high (23-ft) glass cylinder
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The Steve Jobs Theater Pavilion has a 47-m (154-ft) carbon fiber roof which is entirely supported by a 7-m-high (23-ft) glass cylinder
The Steve Jobs Theater Pavilion was designed with the glassy, metallic look of Apple devices in mind
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The Steve Jobs Theater Pavilion was designed with the glassy, metallic look of Apple devices in mind
The Steve Jobs Theater Pavilion has been reinforced to withstand the seismic activity common in the area
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The Steve Jobs Theater Pavilion has been reinforced to withstand the seismic activity common in the area
The Award for Outstanding Value went to the New StructureCraft Plant in Canada
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The Award for Outstanding Value went to the New StructureCraft Plant in Canada
The New StructureCraft Plant has a floor space of 4,800 sq m (51,666 sq ft)
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The New StructureCraft Plant has a floor space of 4,800 sq m (51,666 sq ft)
The New StructureCraft Plant was built in just five days from pre-fabricated timber pieces
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The New StructureCraft Plant was built in just five days from pre-fabricated timber pieces
The New StructureCraft Plant is a factory for making timber units, so it's fitting that it's made of the same materials and methods
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The New StructureCraft Plant is a factory for making timber units, so it's fitting that it's made of the same materials and methods
The Haiti Chapel won the Award for Sustainability
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The Haiti Chapel won the Award for Sustainability
The Haiti Chapel was designed to be able to withstand seismic activity and hurricanes common to the region, and was relatively simple to be built from available materials
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The Haiti Chapel was designed to be able to withstand seismic activity and hurricanes common to the region, and was relatively simple to be built from available materials
The Haiti Chapel was designed as a large space to hold services, meetings, counselling and consulting
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The Haiti Chapel was designed as a large space to hold services, meetings, counselling and consulting

The winners of the Structural Awards 2018 have been announced. Hosted by the Institution of Structural Engineers in the UK, this annual competition recognizes the most impressive feats of engineering in the world. This year's top prize was awarded to the sleek and elegant Tamina Canyon Crossing in Switzerland, while the rest of the honors went to an assortment of outstanding bridges, stadiums, and other buildings.

Held annually since 1968, the Structural Awards are divided into 14 categories based on the structural characteristics of the projects and the challenges that may pose, rather than specifically what kind of structure they may be. The winners in each category were selected from a shortlist of 53 projects, and one of those entries also receives the Supreme Award for Structural Engineering Excellence.

The Tamina Canyon Crossing stretches 473 m (1,552 ft) , and stands 200 m (656 ft) above the gorge
The Tamina Canyon Crossing stretches 473 m (1,552 ft) , and stands 200 m (656 ft) above the gorge

This year, the top honor went to the Tamina Canyon Crossing in Bad Ragaz, Canton St. Gallen, Switzerland. This minimalistic concrete structure, which also picked up the Award for Vehicle Bridges, spans 473 m (1,552 ft) and stands 200 m (656 ft) above the gorge.

"This is undoubtedly an outstanding engineering solution, and the judges were impressed by the elegance, clarity and economy of the design," reads the judge's comment. "The judges noted the efficiency of the structural system, as well as the beautiful way that the design integrates with its spectacular surroundings."

The Dubai Frame is made up of two towers connected by a sky bridge, which serves as an observation deck for visitors
The Dubai Frame is made up of two towers connected by a sky bridge, which serves as an observation deck for visitors

Among the other winners is the Dubai Frame, which picked up the Award for Tall or Slender Structures for obvious reasons. Looking like a giant picture frame, the Dubai Frame is made up of two towers standing 150 m (492 ft) tall, with a sky bridge connecting them at the top. This serves as an observation deck for visitors to take in a 360-degree view of the city of Dubai.

The Hywind Scotland Stability Frame won the Award for Structures in Extreme Conditions
The Hywind Scotland Stability Frame won the Award for Structures in Extreme Conditions

The Stability Frame for the Hywind Scotland Project nabbed the Award for Structures in Extreme Conditions. This structure was designed to lift several wind turbines onto a huge floating base, all while dealing with wind and waves. Once the whole structure was put together, it was then towed from Norway to Scotland.

The Victoria & Albert Exhibition Road Quarter in London picked up the Award for Construction Integration
The Victoria & Albert Exhibition Road Quarter in London picked up the Award for Construction Integration

And finally, the Victoria & Albert Exhibition Road Quarter in London was given the Award for Construction Integration. A new 1,100-sq-m (11,840-sq-ft) underground gallery space was installed beneath a courtyard, between existing museum buildings that were to remain untouched. The end result is a striking new courtyard space with a cafe and windows into the space below.

Check out the full list of winners in our gallery.

Source: Institute of Structural Engineers

1 comment
Nik
The hoover building is a fine example of what could have been achieved with the Firestone building in the same area, if it hadn't been wrecked by a hooligan company that bought the site. What they built to replace it had just about zero architectural merit.