Extension of Euskalduna Conference Centre and Concert Hall: A Contemporary Application of Irregular Reciprocal Frames

Bernabeu Larena, Alejandro and García Menéndez, David (2014). Extension of Euskalduna Conference Centre and Concert Hall: A Contemporary Application of Irregular Reciprocal Frames. "Structural Engineering International" (n. 1); pp. 63-67. ISSN 1016-8664. https://doi.org/10.2749/101686614X13830788506233.

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Title: Extension of Euskalduna Conference Centre and Concert Hall: A Contemporary Application of Irregular Reciprocal Frames
Author/s:
  • Bernabeu Larena, Alejandro
  • García Menéndez, David
Item Type: Article
Título de Revista/Publicación: Structural Engineering International
Date: 2014
ISSN: 1016-8664
Subjects:
Faculty: E.T.S. Arquitectura (UPM)
Department: Estructuras y Física de Edificación
Creative Commons Licenses: Recognition - No derivative works - Non commercial

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Abstract

Reciprocal frame structures, formed by a set of self-supported elements in a closed circuit, have long been used since antiquity to cover large spans with small elements. The roof structure of the Euskalduna conference centre and concert hall extension in Bilbao, covering an irregu- lar geometry of 3000 m2 with a maximum span of 45 m, presented an interesting opportunity to revisit the concept and to apply these classical systems. Furthermore, its analysis and develop- ment led to an interesting discussion on reciprocal frames. They showed great sensitivity of these systems to the local modification of a particular element, establishment of irregular load paths, mobilisation of almost the entire sys- tem when locally applying a punctual load and, finally, its large deformability. Besides, reciprocal frames present particular construction complexities and possibilities due to the moderate length of the structural elements, the predominance of shear-only connec- tions and the necessity of the entire system to be completely erected to guarantee its stability. Euskalduna extension, completed in 2012, is one of the largest and a very par- ticular case of irregular reciprocal frame structures built in the world. It shows the formal possibilities and potentiality of reciprocal frames to respond to free and irregular geometries.

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Item ID: 33226
DC Identifier: http://oa.upm.es/33226/
OAI Identifier: oai:oa.upm.es:33226
DOI: 10.2749/101686614X13830788506233
Official URL: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.2749/101686614X13830788506233
Deposited by: Memoria Investigacion
Deposited on: 16 Feb 2015 08:23
Last Modified: 03 May 2019 11:48
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