Collection by Miyoko Ohtake

The Art of Structure


Last weekend, The Art of Structure opened at the Carnegie Museum of Art Heinz Architectural Center. Dedicated to feats of modern engineering, the exhibition features 20 scale models of bridges and slope-y structures accompanied by the drawings and notes that lead to their creation and is the combination of two other shows: Félix Candela: Engineer, Builder, Structural Artist and The Art of Structural Design: A Swiss Legacy. The exhibit runs September 25 through January 17, 2011.

One of the featured designers in the show is Spanish-born Mexican architect Félix Candela.
Here, an image of the Chapel Lomas de Cuernavaca under construction in 1958. Photo by Dorothy Candela.
Another project on display by Candela is his Bacardi Rum Factory (completed in 1960) in Cuautitlán, Mexico.
Also by Candela, the stunning 1958 structure for Los Manantiales Restaurant in Xochimilco, Mexico City.
The Swiss half of the show features designers like Othmar Ammann, who immigrated to the United States before designing...
Also on display is the work of Heinz Isler.
Also by Isler and incorporated into The Art of Structure is his shell model on the leak-proof roof of his office...
Finally, the show features the structural spans of Swiss bridge designers Robert Maillart and Christian Menn.
Here, Menn's Sunniberg Bridge, completed in 1999 over the Landquart River in Graubünden, Switzerland.