Engineering creativity and innovation
Together with grouting the existing crack, the design features several key struts at each end of the building, inclining out towards the ridge.
These horizontal component forces provide the required strengthening structural forces to the ridge – thus improving the overall stability of the site.
To avoid potential load-bearing vertical forces destroying the mountain, a massive rock load under the shadow of the building and with the same weight as the base structure was removed.
Having the front balustrades as part of the truss structure enabled the architects and engineers to create the front cantilever as thinly and lightly as possible.
Increasing the key strut lengths, also allowed for the double duty of pre-cambering the front cantilever structure.
This engineering move also provides stability for and protects the structure’s glazing.
Sustainability – touching lightly on the land
There are only five supports on the building, minimising damage to local vegetation.
In addition, to protect the local plants and rivers, hanging temporary framework structures were used during the construction stage and the structural members were installed in sections.
Due to its minimal interface with the local environment, this project has received a Sustainability certificate and awards from local government and sustainability organisations.