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
2005 − 2006
2006 − 2007
Services by Werner Sobek
Structural engineering of loadbearing structure and special structures (schematic design, design development, review construction documents)
Parque Fundidora Monterrey/Mexico
AIA Honor Award 2009