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02/10/2009

Tessellated Glass and Steel Roof, Queen Elizabeth II Great Court, British Museum, London


This photo was taken in the Queen Elizabeth II Great Court, a covered square at the centre of the British Museum designed by the engineers Buro Happold and the architects Foster and Partners. The Great Court opened in December 2000 and is the largest covered square in Europe, bigger than a football field. The roof is a tessellated glass and steel construction, made up of 4878 unique steel members connected at 1566 unique nodes and 1,656 pairs of glass windowpanes making up 6100m2 of glazing; each of a unique shape because of the undulating nature of the roof.

1 comment:

Erick said...

Classic but beautiful composition. The pattern is caching the eyes.