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* Din documentatia pentru tema de atelier – “Arhitectura Structurilor Speciale”

Architect: Todd Saunders & Tommie Wilhelmsen

Location: Aurland, Norway
Client: The Norwegian Highways Department
Technical Advisors: Node AS, Bergen
Contractor: Veidekke AS, Sogndal
Road Engineer: Asplan Viak
Project year: 2005

“Nicknamed the “balcony of the alps,” the Dachstein Sky Walk is formally enthroned at 2,700 m above sea-level, high up on the 250 m vertical rock face of the Hunerkogel. A 360 degree panorama allows the visitor a view of Slovenia in the south to the Czech Republic in the north. The Sky Walk is distinctly higher than the platforms of the Niagara Falls or even the one at the Iguazu waterfalls in Brazil.
“The Grand Canyon Skywalk is an architectural marvel. The Skywalk was completed in March, 2007 after 2.5 years and 30 million dollars worth of hard work and engineering. This structure weighs an astonishing 1.571 million pounds, and was built to withstand an excess of 71 million pounds in weight on top of it. (That’s the equivalent of 71 fully-loaded 747 airliners piled one on top of the other!) This amazing ability to withstand weight as well as the forces of nature is due to the Skywalk’s 2 inch thick steel frame which is designed specifically to flex in the heat, cold, and wind. This frame is anchored to the Grand Canyon by casens and micro piles measuring 46 feet down into the solid bedrock. The specially-made German glass which forms the platform for our guests to walk the experience also plays a big part in the durability and beauty of Skywalk. Each of the 46 panes forming the walkway are constructed of 5-layers of glass bonded together and laminated, weighing in at 1,200 lbs a piece, and making the glass incredibly strong while still providing a crystal-clear view of the canyon below. ” –

 “The viewpoint platform on Mountain Isidor in Tyrol, Austria is a drawing in the snow, it forms an architectural edge walker and causes interplay between construction and landscape.
The orchestration and oversubscription of the existing topography transforms landscape into built architecture which mediates between statics and dynamics, between stagnancy and new perspectives.
Trail and platform are placed in brittle rock. Its lamellas will disappear in the snow for six month a year. Only the cantilevering bracings over the north wall will be visible in winter time. Wind and sun will excavate the steal lamellas nearly like a sketch in the snow. The extreme conditions of the nearby glacier effectuate visual transformations of the steel construction with masks of ice and snow.The steel structure consists of a grillage of beams covered by gratings. The bracings in Corten-Steel cantilever 9 meter over the ridge. The forces are transferred into concrete foundations and rock anchors. The curved monolithic railing is made out of Corten-Steel.” –

* Din documentatia pentru tema de atelier – “Arhitectura Structurilor Speciale”
Prea multe de zis de la calculator nu sunt – sigur acesta este genul de arhitectura care se bazeaza pe senzatie si sigur trebuie experimentat inainte de orice comentariu :).