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Steel and glass latticework roof of the Great Court at the British Museum, London. Built 2000, Architect: Foster and Partners Engineer: Buro Happold

The form of the lattice work roof is that of a dome stretched into a circle like a donut. Aside from the project’s beauty the structure is an engineering and fabrication tour de force. The latticework is made of seven and a half miles of top-grade shipbuilding steel (6,000 beams and 1,800 connecting pieces) which is made weathertight with 3,312 uniquely shaped panels of glass. The roof’s computer determined geometry takes up all the irregularities of the old building to the tolerance of three millimetres. Because the steel expands and contracts with heat, cold and wind, it sits on sliding bearings which also serve to spread its weight evenly across Smirke’s facades.

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Roof of the Sage Gateshead reflecting passing clouds on a sunny day. Photo: Quintin Lake

A minute change in the passing clouds changes the appearance and illuminates the edge of the stainless steel panels. Photo: Quintin Lake

The silky appearance on an overcast day. Photo: Quintin Lake

Sensuous curves on the roof of Sage Gateshead. Photo: Quintin Lake

Detail of roof design of the Sage Gateshead. Photo: Quintin Lake

Tyne Bridge over the River Tyne, Newcastle with view to Gateshead Millennium Bridge, The Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art and Sage Gateshead. Photo: Quintin Lake

Designed by architect Foster and Partners and engineer Buro Happold the faceted roof of the Sage Gateshead concert hall changes appearance as it reflects the changeable british weather looking equally alluring on an overcast day or in bright sunlight. The roof of the Sage consists of 3,000 panels made from stainless steel and 250 made of glass. Each stainless steel panel has a linen finish to reduce the glare and is about four metres long and a metre wide. Each panel is solid and designed to prevent noise from heavy rain causing a distraction during concert performances.

Like these? See my photographs of architectural details of  Utzon’s Sydney Opera House and Gehry’s Walt Disney Concert Hall, LA

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