Exhibition Hall

Y1 Structures Coursework, December 2018

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Project description:

40m x 50m plot in the northern hemisphere

The structure was the main focus of the project. The aim was to design an exhibition hall whose primary spanning structure has only axial loads. The trusses are made of regular structural steel. The roof uses copper sheets, because they are durable, cheaper and light. The south wall is made entirely of concrete for exhibiting artworks, the others are glazed. Light is admitted primarily from the north for its unchanging quality.

The 40m span is divided into 2, for a café, a gift shop, a cloakroom and toilets (10m), and for exhibitions (30m), which is uninterrupted and open. Overhangs on the N-S axis protect the walls, eliminating leakage, so artworks on the wall are safe from water.





Design Process:

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Section AA, Cross section (below-left) with Plan (top-right):

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Section BB, Long Section (cross-bracing visible):

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Calculations 1/2:

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Calculations 2/2:

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Detail Drawings of Cross-Bracing:

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North-West Facade (North-facing clerestorey window visible):

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West Facade (seperate bays visible):

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The Hall in use:

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Model Truss Detail 1/2:

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Model Truss Detail 2/2:

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Aesthetic of the Trussed Structure:

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