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Serpentine Pavilion 2013

2nd September 2015
The Project Each year, the Serpentine Gallery commissions an international architect to design their summer pavilion. The 2013 Pavilion was designed by Japanese architect, Sou Fujimoto, and AECOM were appointed to carry out the structural design from concept stage in January 2013 to completion in time for the press launch on 31st May 2013. The Pavilion exemplifies contemporary architecture and the engineering challenge is to mask the complexity of the structure behind simple design and intelligent detailing.Each pavilion is intended to be an example of contemporary architecture and cutting edge engineering which aims to inspire and intrigue everyone who has the opportunity to visit the venue during its four month lifespan. The 2013 Pavilion was no exception – the structure was a vierendeel space frame constructed from members with almost negligible moment capacity. The design and fabrication of this structure had to be completed within four months, adding additional pressure to the design and fabrication teams.

Whilst at AECOM, Harriet was the lead structural engineer for the project, and was later awarded the Institution of Structural Engineers’ Young Structural Engineer of the Year Award for her work.

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