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Foster + Partners
Scottish National Arena
In a bid for the 2014 Commonwealth Games, the City of Glasgow, Scotland, is
building an iconic event arena in the Queen Anne’s dock area. The 12,500-seat
stadium is located on a complex, split-level site, which called for an iterative
conceptual design process to explore alternative building forms. Other design
challenges included the diagrid space frame roof, doubly curved concrete bank,
and curved-panel façade.
Foster + Partners used GenerativeComponents and custom scripting to rapidly
explore design options and rationalize the design. GenerativeComponents
helped to resolve the layout of 945 nodes and 3,312 connections in the
126-meter-span roof frame as well as to optimize the 157 facade panels for
fabrication. Bentley Architecture and Bentley Navigator allowed designers to
work directly with contractors to deliver a fully coordinated model.
Warren and Mahoney + SPA in Association
Located on New Zealand’s North Island overlooking Cook Strait, Wellington International Airport needed to expand the existing international terminal so that it could provide long-haul flights to Asia. The $34 million expansion increased capacity for nearly every aspect of international arrivals and departures. FINALIST
The Rock, Wellington International Airport
Wellington, New Zealand
The rugged coastline inspired the edgy design of “The Rock,” which evokes the
coastal site’s mythological past. The challenge was to optimize a small site left by
six previous additions yet maximize available space within the tight constraints of
the existing site. Bentley Architecture and MicroStation streamlined the team’s
workflow and minimized the risk of cost and time overruns.