Introducing our regular focus on the latest architectural applications of this versatile material
'How much does your building weigh?' Buckminster Fuller once famously asked Norman Foster of the Sainsbury Centre in Norwich
For most architects and their clients however, it’s more a matter of how much does it cost, and while weight is an important factor it’s certainly not the only issue, as discussed in our feature on calculating the cost of structural steelwork.
Visual lightness was a particular aspiration at Denton Corker Marshall’s delicately columned Stonehenge visitor centre. What a contrast with the powerful steelwork at Grimshaw’s Reading Station, where mighty columns and trusses create a new transfer deck and platform canopies in preparation for a substantial increase in passenger numbers.