The shortlist for The Structural Awards 2014 has been released
today by the Institution of Structural Engineers.
“We hold the Structural Awards each year to recognise
outstanding work by structural engineers, and to raise awareness
about the vital global role they play creating innovative design
solutions,” said Martin Powell, chief executive of the Institution
of Structural Engineers.
Among the shortlisted structures are several bridges, including
one modelled on a Maori fish hook, Richard Wilson’s abstract,
floating Slipstream sculpture in Heathrow Airport Terminal 2 and the new
Apple Store in Istanbul.
Perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised that an Apple Store makes an
appearance on the list. The company’s two big London stores on
Regent Street and in Covent Garden both make gorgeous use of the
space inside the period buildings they occupy. Newer stores,
including the one on 5th Avenue in New York City — with its famous
glass cube sitting above ground, leading customers into the
well-lit retail space — are often masterclasses in stylish
engineering. Its latest award-nominated store is a super-minimalist
structure known as the Glass Lantern, made up of a huge glass
cuboid with a white roof, surrounded by an infinity-effect water
feature that lets light into the underground store.
Some of our favourites among the shortlisted projects come from
the entertainment category, including the renovated Serpentine
Gallery in London’s Hyde Park. The project involved repurposing the
existing grade II listed Magazine building and building in a fabric
roof, while complying fully with UK energy standards — meaning
wins for both style and structure. The new spiral staircase at
Somerset House with its distinctive steel core also caught our
Ultimately, though, it is not us the structures need to impress.
A panel of judges will announce the winners of the awards at an
event on 14 November.