Richard Serra’s ‘7’

Submitted by LERA Plus (LERA+)

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Client: Qatar Museums Authority

Location: Doha, Qatar

Project Team

Project Manager

Alfonso Oliva

LERA+

Project Engineer

Nidhi Sekhar

LERA+

Overview

Protruding out into Doha Bay, this sculpture consists of seven 78-ft-high by 8-ft-wide steel plates positioned side-by-side. LERA determined the geometric layout of the sculpture, reviewed the stability of the plates under wind and seismic loads and designed their supports and foundation system.

Goals

The supports needed to accommodate the expansion and contraction of the plates due to the large temperature gradients in the Middle East, as well as the highly corrosive nature of the adjacent marine environment.

Additional Information

Architect/Designer: Richard Serra Studio Awards: 2014 NCSEA Excellence in Structural Engineering Awards Exhibitions/Competitions: Museum of Islamic Art