The EUROPEAN STEEL DESIGN AWARDS are given by ECCS every two years to encourage the creative and outstanding use of steel in architecture and construction. Outstanding design in steel construction emphasizes the many advantages of steel in construction, production, economy, environment and architecture.
This year EUROPEAN STEEL DESIGN AWARDS were given to national winners and the LAUREATE AWARD to the European winner among these European Steel Design Awards.
From the 23 projects submitted in total by the ECCS member associations for ESDA 2021 the international expert jury selected 13 nominees, one per country. The overall winner ESDA 2021 Laureate and a ESDA 2021 Special Bridge Award were then chosen out of those nominees and announced during a reception on 1 October 2021 in Brussels, in the Atomium. Further, by public voting via Facebook the ESDA 2021, Public Award was determined.
The steel and glass construction fully encases the historic liner MS Finnmarken and thus becomes the striking centre piece of the Hurtigruten Museum. Such a transparent and filigree shelter for a large ship is the result of contemporary means of advanced structural design and high-end steel construction. The very thin envelope allows an exciting look and provides the perfect showcase for the aged vessel. This structural shell without wind bracings in the glass façade or internal supports pushes the boundaries of the possible further to the sky.
The finesse of this edgy steel bridge is captivating. The new traffic mark adds with an elegant S-shape, shiny metallic painting of the main beam and classy bamboo cladding of the deck a playful aspect to an otherwise busy urban space. What looks so wavy elegant and light requires extraordinary engineering skills to design for torsional strains and to build for heavy traffic loads above the rail tracks.
The beautiful tower enables exiting experiences tone in tone with nature. Its mathematical hyperbolic shape, optimised by parametric design, employs eco-friendly weathering steel tubes of appropriate trunk dimensions. What a natural and lovely combination of steel and timber.