Article first appeared in Architecture and Design
Four building projects won recognition at the ACSE Annual Excellence in Structural Engineering NSW awards.
One project in particular was highly regarded by the judges. In the ‘Unusual Projects’ category, the decision was unanimous to award ‘Interloop’, a sculptural installation by artist Chris Fox that hangs from Wynyard Station ceiling.
The project was commissioned by TfNSW as part of the recent Wynyard Station upgrade and reuses the fabric of the original 244 heritage timber escalator treads which served Sydney’s commuters for over eight decades. Structure Consulting Engineers and Bollinger Grohmann took on the challenge of working out how to suspend more than 50 metres of twisting concertina box sections weighing over five tonnes from the rivetted steel beams of the building.
“Interloop is a beautiful example of how engineers can make wonderful public art come to life – it is great to see engineers applying their skills beyond the traditional, and showing how they can work creatively with artists,” says Andrew Nimmo, president of the NSW Chapter of the Australian Institute of Architects.
In other categories, Taylor Thomson Whitting won in the Medium Projects ($6 million - $50 million) category with The Incubator at Macquarie University, and in the Large Products (above $50 million) category with Parliament Square in Hobart.