One Independence Square: a structural art piece

by Ofentse Sefolo

An intriguing aspect of this building is its unusual construction process, a top-to-bottom method. The outer skin of the building is set upright, followed by the other components.

The steel columns are erected first, after which superstructure steel beams are laid at uniform intervals. From these beams, the cables and slabs are suspended. The slabs are inserted within the outer structural bands, pulled up with the cables, tightened to ensure maximum tensile strength, and connected to the columns, as if detached from the rest of the structure. Embracing all the slabs, the glass creates the illusion of a seemingly free-hanging glass cube.

Courtesy of BAD. Built by Associative Data

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