The world's most impressive feats of structural engineering via @CNNStyle

The world's most impressive feats of structural engineering via @CNNStyle
The world's most impressive feats of structural engineering  via @CNNStyle

Highlights from the Structual Awards 2017 shortlist

Tall or Slender Structures -- 432 Park Avenue (New York, USA)Completed in 2015, 432 Park Avenue is the third tallest building in the United States and claims the title of tallest residential building in the world.

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Highlights from the Structual Awards 2017 shortlist

Small Projects (of between £1-3 million) -- Adele's 25 Stage (Australia, New Zealand, USA and UK)Constructed as part of singer Adele's 25 performance tour, this structure received recognition from the judges for the ease in which it was set up and moved across multiple locations.

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Structural Artistry / Small Projects (of under £1 million) -- Armadillo Vault (Venice, )The Armadillo Vault was displayed as part of the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale, and is constructed using 399 limestone blocks.

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Construction Innovation -- Baha'i Temples (Santiago, Chile)The walls of the Baha'i Temple are designed to appear as nine petals, connected using 1,120 glass panes.

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Structural Artistry / Small Projects (of under £1 million) -- BMW Sculpture at 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed (West Sussex, UK)This structure is made of three triangular curves made of rolled steel.

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Pedestrian Bridges -- Inderhavnsbroen (Copenhagen, Denmark)The Inderhavnsbroen bridge is 250 meters (820 feet) long, and is constructed using steel and concrete.

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Pedestrian Bridges / Small Projects (of under £1 million) -- The New Mobile Walkway of Geneva's Jet d'Eau (Geneva, Switzerland)The mobile walkway adapts to the needs of its environment -- it can lift to a height of 2 meters (6 feet) in order to allow boats to pass underneath, or remain straight for the sake of pedestrians.

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Construction Integration -- National Taichung Theatre (Taichung, Taiwan)This opera house can seat up to 800 in its playhouse and 160 in its small theater space.

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Construction -- Integrat (London, UK)The Nova Victoria is a mixed-use property located in London. Construction of the building required consideration of the surrounding buildings and roads, while the basement level faced challenges with underground tube tunnels.

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Long Span Structures -- Oriam Sports Performance Center (Edinburgh, UK)The multi-purpose sports center features a synthetic indoor pitch, a nine-court sports hall and 500 spectator seats. There is also space allocated to hydrotherapy, strength and conditioning, rehabilitation, offices and a classroom.

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Structural Transformation -- Park Plaza London Riverbank Hotel (London, UK)155 new rooms and 9,320 square meters (100,320 square feet) of additional floor space were added to this hotel as part of its transformation project.

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Vehicle Bridges / Structural Heritage / Outstanding Value / Sustainability -- Makatote Rail Rejuvination (New Zealand)The Makatote rail is considered an important part of New Zealand heritage when it was first built circa 1908. But the viaduct bridges used to support the railway had started to fall apart over time. A rejuvenation of the viaducts was necessary not only for the heritage of the railway, but also to accommodate other trains in the future.

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Vehicle Bridges -- Renovation of Tacitus Bridge (Ewijk, North Brabant, The Netherlands)After 40 years of use, the Tacitus was starting to develop minor cracks in its structure. By replacing cables and lifting the main beams slightly, it is now fit for at least 30 more years of use.

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Structural Transformation -- San Mames Football Stadium (Bilbao, Spain)In 2016, a rooftop was added to the San Mames football stadium for the sake of protecting spectators from rain during games.

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Structures in Extreme Conditions / Outstanding Value / Sustainability -- Majestic Centre (Wellington, New Zealand)The 30-story building was first constructed in 1991, but a 2011 assessment determined that the building required improved seismic strengthening -- a process that took five years to complete.

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Structural Transformation -- Tate Modern (London, UK)The Tate Modern Switch House extension of the Tate Modern gallery was initially expected to take five years to complete, but was built within 18 months.

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Structures in Extreme Conditions -- The Crow's Nest (Dorset, UK)As this structure is listed within a landslide zone, the structure was selected by the judges for its ability to adapt to the extreme threat of landslides and severe ground movements.

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Construction Integration -- The Leadenhall Building (London, UK)This building is often referred to as the "cheese grater" in London, due to its diamond-grid structure and asymmetrical form.

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Small Projects (of under £1 million) -- The Smile (London, UK)The Smile is constructed using American tulipwood -- a structure that is stronger than concrete.

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Long Span Structures -- USTA Arthur Ashe Stadium (New York, USA)The world's largest tennis center was originally built in 1997, but is recognized here

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