Statue of Unity

Structural Designer

Arup

Client Name

Larsen & Toubro Construction Limited

Location

Kevadia, India

PRINCIPAL CONTRACTOR
Larsen & Toubro Construction Limited

ARCHITECT
Michael Graves Architecture & Design

KEY CONTRACTORS
Meinhardt - Client representative

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

At 182m this is the world’s tallest statue. The statue is a naturalistic and historically accurate representation of Sardar Patel, a visionary leader during India’s past struggle for independence. A viewing gallery at 150m provides visitors a spectacular view of the Sardar Sarovar Dam and surroundings. Structural engineering, facade and materials design skills was integrated into the design and build. 

Judge's comment:

This is an impressive sculpture by virtue of its scale and location. It put great demands on the engineers to conquer the challenges: defining the design loads, selecting the right materials for the right purposes, and handling the uncertainties of geology. This demanded a high level of research, expertise and innovative thinking.

The “building” included two coupled concrete cores as a twin spine. The body is created with braced steel framing cantilevering from the concrete cores. This bodywork is divided into four sections between each of which there is a movement joint to allow for flexure without load transfer between sections. The external bronze skin was pre-fabricated off-site in large sections, allowing it to be completed in an impressive six months.

The judges were impressed with the confident execution of a very challenging structural engineering project that provided a clear reminder of the way that engineers can deliver cultural icons of national significance.

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