Wood & Grieve Engineers’ (WGE) NSW Structural team were named as finalists in the 2018 Association of Consulting Structural Engineers (ACSE) Awards for their innovative approach to the construction of the Punchbowl Mosque.
The ACSE Awards recognise and celebrate NSW-based structural engineers and their contribution to the built environment, and highlight excellence in structural engineering across a diverse range of projects.
The Punchbowl Mosque is a 99 domed, multi-level facility with an architectural focus on the sculpted muqarna* wall and central dome structure. Made predominately of concrete, the mosque includes a minaret^ structure at its entrance and is topped with a stepped dome, which also incorporates a series of skylights.
Senior Structural Project Engineer Chris Jennings said it was a challenge bringing the architectural design to life, and credits the success of delivery from design into a buildable solution on this innovative solution.
“The design and construction of this project was made easier by creating a full size corner prototype on site. This model provided a useful structural template and allowed the teams to use visualisation along with engineering solutions to create the desired build,” he said.
“The teams’ progressive approach to the construction challenges contributed to the overall success of the finished project.”
A huge congratulations goes to the WGE team for their nomination in the awards.
*A Muqarna is a form of architectural ornamented vaulting, the geometric subdivision of a squinch, cupola or corbel, into a large number of miniature squinches, producing a sort of cellular structure. It is sometimes called a honeycomb vault.
^ A minaret is a distinctive architectural structure akin to a tower, and typically found adjacent to mosques. Also known as a Goldaste.