Museo del Acero

The new steel museum in Monterrey (Mexico) Museo del Acero is located in a disused blast furnace. It was realised between 2005 and 2006 on behalf of the Parque Fundidora Monterrey according to plans by Grimshaw Architects (New York/USA). Werner Sobek was responsible for the structural engineering of the museum building.

Round Steel Roof Made of Folded Steel Sheets

The structure of the unique steel gallery roof with a diameter of approx. 30 m consists of folded steel sheets supported by chevron-shaped steel columns.

Another special feature is a circular spiral staircase consisting of a helix stringer with a triangular cross-section spanning a height of over 7 m and welded-on cantilevered steps projecting by approx. 1.60 m. The railing is free of posts. The railing is held free-floating by pre-tensioned vertical cables.

The outer facade envelope consists of point-fixed, thermally toughened curved glass.

Grimshaw Architects, New York/USA

Planning time
2005 − 2006

Construction time
2006 − 2007

Services by Werner Sobek
Structural engineering of loadbearing structure and special structures (schematic design, design development, review construction documents)

14,800 m²

Parque Fundidora Monterrey/Mexico

AIA Honor Award 2009

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