The analytic and numerical definition of the geometry of the British Museum Great Court Roof

Christopher J K Williams

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Abstract

The steel and glass British Museum Great Court Roof covers a rectangular area of 70 by 100 metres containing the 44 metre diameter Reading Room. The paper describes in detail how the spiralling geometry of the steel members was generated working closely with the architects, Foster and Partners, and the engineers, Buro Happold A combination of analytic and numerical methods were developed to satisfy architectural, structural and glazing constraints. Over 3000 lines of computer code were specially written for the project, mainly for the geometry definition, but also for structural analysis.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMathematics & design 2001
EditorsM Burry, Sambit Datta, A Dawson, A J Rollo
Place of PublicationGeelong, Victoria, Australia
PublisherDeakin University
Pages434-440
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)0-7300-2526-8
Publication statusPublished - 2001

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    Williams, C. J. K. (2001). The analytic and numerical definition of the geometry of the British Museum Great Court Roof. In M. Burry, S. Datta, A. Dawson, & A. J. Rollo (Eds.), Mathematics & design 2001 (pp. 434-440). Deakin University.