The Structural Engineer > Archive > Volume 89 (2011) > Issues > Issue 18 > Centre Pompidou - Metz: Engineering the roof
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Centre Pompidou - Metz: Engineering the roof

This paper describes the design development of the roof structure for the new Centre Pompidou - Metz. The roof comprises a geometrically complex doubly-curved three-way timber gridshell type structure, the geometry of which was developed using computational form-finding techniques. This paper presents the development of the roof geometry and the structural systems from competition through to tender. The structural analysis and design process is presented, and a summary of some of the developments during construction are also discussed. Ben Lewis, BEng (Hons), CEng, MIStructE Associate, Arup

Author(s): Lewis, Ben

Keywords: centre pompidou-metz, metz, france;art galleries;roofs;gridshells;design;timber;glulam;construction work