The second of the ASI’s National Steel Design Awards have all been won by cleverly constructed public structures.
The awards were presented at the Gala Dinner of this year’s Australian Steel Convention in Melbourne on 13 September.
Most prominent amongst the winners was the AAMI Park rectangular stadium in that city’s main sporting precinct with its iconic ‘biosphere’ canopy, topping both the Architectural Steel Design for Cox Architects and Planners and Structural Engineering Steel Design category for Arup. The ‘bioframe’ structure cleverly acts as roof, walls and support for the stadium whilst serving as a distinctive sculptural piece adorning the cityscape.
The Steel Clad Structures award went to BlueScope Façade Solutions for Australia’s Pavilion for the current World Expo in Shanghai, China that utilises an innovative cassette-based system to clad the structure in lightweight weathering steel sheet, a finish previously only possible with heavier plate to maintain surface profiles.
The Falcon Street Pedestrian and Cyclist bridge that crosses 19 lanes of traffic in the busy northern approach to the Sydney Harbour Bridge with one span won in the Structural Engineering Steel Design - Infrastructure and Mining category for Aurecon Australia.
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