OStrA 2021

Winner in ‘Building or Other Structure’ category:

Beijing Daxing International Airport Terminal, China

 

Outstanding Structure Award (OStrA) for Building or Other Structure category 2021 is presented to the Beijing Daxing International Airport Terminal, China, ‘Beautiful and unique combination of architecture and structural engineering that seamlessly integrates seismic and vibration control into the design.

 

Beijing Daxing International Airport Terminal (BDIAT) has been named as the top of the New Seven Wonders by the Guardian. The 8 C-shaped columns in the central area of the terminal are organically combined with the roof structure to achieve the amazingly architectural effect. The new base-interlayer isolation technology is proposed to build the world's largest seismic-isolation building which also becomes a new benchmark of isolated structure. This terminal is the first completed project in the world that integrated high-speed rail transit and terminal, and vibration caused by high-speed trains is also controlled to an acceptable level. The BDIAT is located in the Daxing district of Beijing. The terminal is 996 m long from North to South and 1144m wide from east to west. The floor of this terminal is around 800,000m2 with a direct roof projection area of 350,000m2. It is the world’s largest airport terminal. The Beijing Daxing International Airport Terminal is a unique structure with high architectural quality both with respect to the exterior and interior, both from distance and in the details. This is a very unique engineered structure and a very significant collaboration between the architect Zaha Hadid and the engineering team. The main innovations of the project include: The combined supporting system formed by C-shaped columns and supporting cores, and the arch shell structure, support the large-span roof of 180,000m2 together; the new base-interlayer isolation technology is adopted in the central area (545mx445m) of BDIAT, which is composed of 1152 isolation bearings and 160 sets of dampers; an integrated solution for vibration analysis and control is proposed to ensure structural safety and passenger comfort in BDIAT when high speed trains are passing; a series of techniques for the construction of complex space structure is adopted in BDIAT has realized the amazing architectural effect, efficiently.

 

 

Type of structure:

Beijing Daxing International Airport Terminal

Date of completion:

September 2019

Location:

Daxing District, Beijing, China

Owner:

Beijing New Airport Construction Headquarters

Structural Design & Contractor:

 

 

 

 

Structural Design: Beijing Institute of Architectural Design Co., Ltd.

Contractor: Beijing Urban Construction Group Co., Ltd.+Beijing Construction Engineering Group.

Architect: Aeroports de Paris Ingenierie + Zaha Hadid Architects + Beijing Institute of Architectural Design Co., Ltd. + China Airport Construction Group Corporation.

 

Watch the Award winning structure's Introduction

 

 

 

Winner in ‘Bridge or Other Infrastructures’ category:

Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Bridge over the River Barrow, Ireland

 

Outstanding Structure Award (OStrA) for ‘Bridge or Other Infrastructures’ category 2021 is presented to the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Bridge over the River Barrow, as part of the N25 New Ross Bypass project. ‘A landmark structure with three-towers and iconic profile that has pushed the boundaries for the span of a concrete extrados bridge.

 

The Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Bridge is one of the most iconic structures in Ireland. This three-tower extradosed bridge has two main spans of 230m each, the longest post-tensioned all concrete extradosed spans in the world. While there are longer spans in extradosed bridges, they all take advantage of a lighter steel composite section in the central part of the main span. The structure is part of the N25 New Ross Bypass project, which strengthens regional connectivity as well as local connections between the communities of Wexford, Kilkenny and Waterford in the south east of Ireland. At the location of the crossing, the River Barrow is 300m wide and is surrounded by a landscape of gently rolling hills. This modern, 21st century landmark has been designed to be sympathetic and complementary to its surroundings and environment, enhancing the quality of life in New Ross town which was previously subjected to frequent traffic congestion.  The structure was conceived during the planning stage as a three-tower extradosed bridge with a central tower higher than the lateral towers. Proportioned to the golden ratio in height and span distribution, with a truly shallow (less than 15 degrees) cable arrangement in a harp configuration, the bridge represents a formidable structural design and construction challenge.

 

Three towers following an asymmetrical configuration give the bridge a unique profile, with a shallow single central plane cable system in a pure extradosed structural system. The Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Bridge has two main spans of 230m each which are the longest post- tensioned all concrete extradosed spans in the world to date. Despite the main span lengths, the towers are only 27m and 16m in height, while a deck slenderness of L/65 at the central section and L/35 and L/27 over the lateral and central towers was achieved. The structure comprises a single central plane of cables supporting a dual carriageway, leading to a 21.9m deck width. The deck is slender, with a 3.5m deep section (span/65) at midspan, 8.5m over the central tower (span/27) and 6.5m over the side towers (span/35). The tower height limits, with the central tower rising 27.0m above the deck level and the lateral towers 16.2m, result in all cables following the conventional extradosed harp arrangement with minimal spacing in the pylon (1m) and a shallow angle with the deck, which varies from 9 to 11 degrees due to the longitudinal slope of the deck.

 

Photo caption: Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Bridge at night (23 March 2020). © Royston Palmer

 

Type of structure:

Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Bridge over the River Barrow

Date of completion:

January 2020

Location:

New Ross, County Wexford & County Kilkenny, Ireland

Owner:

Transport Infrastructure Ireland

Structural Design & Contractor:

 

 

Structural Design: Arup & Carlos Fernandez Casado SL

PPP Company: BAM PPP PGGM Infrastructure Cooperatie U.A. & Iridium Concesiones de Infraestructura, S.A

Contractor: BAM Civil & Dragados (Ireland) JV

 

 

Watch the Award Acceptance Speech by Peter Walsh, CEO, TII

 

 

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