Inside the Box / by Michelle Linden

While there is often a stereotype among architects (and others) about the uninspired designs of engineers... it often just isn't true. In fact, many engineers are very creative thinkers and talented designers in their own right. For example, this Welcoming and Security Pavilion in Dublin, Ireland was designed by French engineering firm RFR Ingenieurs. The simple glass enclosure is made quite dynamic by the use of exposed steel and glu lams. The glu lams act as a beautiful expression of the structure, while providing lateral support (at least I think they provide lateral resistance). I also quite like the contast of the clean modern lines with the older structures beyond.