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Unseen Hands - 100 Years of Structural Engineering

17 March - 7 September 2008
Architecture, Room 128a

Beijing National Aquatics Centre © PTW + CSCEC

Beijing National Aquatics Centre © PTW + CSCEC

Display - Admission free

Marking the centenary of the founding of the Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE), this exhibition celebrates the importance of engineering in creating some of the most iconic buildings of the past 100 years. 

Using three themes (towers, bridges and large enclosures) the exhibition brings to life the design and construction of structures including New York's Empire State Building, Switzerland's Salginatobel Bridge and Poland's People's Hall - as well as more modern projects including the Millau Viaduct, the Eden Project and the still-rising Burj Dubai.

Through a variety of media - models, drawings, CAD imagery, video and photographs sourced from all over the world - the ambition and ingenuity of these structures is revealed. Developments in material, form and technique are also explored.

The exhibition is curated by architectural writer David Littlefield with the support of the IstructE.

Gallery Talks and Tours

Click here to find out about the Unseen Hands Gallery Talks and Tours

Please note:
Due to the building works for Ceramics and Medevial and Renaissance galleries, it is not possible for wheelchairs to have access to Architecture Room 128a.  Improved access for all visitors will be available from the opening of the Ceramics Gallery in September 2009.