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Vol. 45 (2004) No. 2 August n. 145


The Messeturm in Rostock– A Tensegrity Tower

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  • Journal Name: Journal of the International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures (J. IASS)
  • ISSN: (Electronic Version) 1996-9015
  • ISSN: (Print Version) 1028-365X
  • Issue: Vol. 45 (2004) No. 2 August n. 145
  • Pages: 93-98
  • Title: The Messeturm in Rostock– A Tensegrity Tower
  • Author(s): M. Schlaich
  • Keywords: tensegrity, towers, cable structures, light-weight buildings
Abstract
THE TOWER AT THE FAIR IN THE CITY OF ROSTOCK, GERMANY This tower, which is probably the highest tensegrity structure built so far, might become the new symbol of the Rostock fair ground. The tower consists of six so-called twist elements of 8.3 m height, each made of three steel tubes which are stabilized by three diagonal cables and three horizontal cables. Together with the stainless steel needle placed on top, this sculpture reaches a height of 62.3 m. The paper briefly describes the history of tensegrity structures, the conceptual and structural design as well as the non-linear analysis which was necessary for this highly pre-tensioned lightweight structure.

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