The steel and glass British Museum Great Court Roof covers a rectangular area of 70 by 100 metres containing the 44 metre diameter Reading Room. The paper describes in detail how the spiralling geometry of the steel members was generated working closely with the architects, Foster and Partners, and the engineers, Buro Happold A combination of analytic and numerical methods were developed to satisfy architectural, structural and glazing constraints. Over 3000 lines of computer code were specially written for the project, mainly for the geometry definition, but also for structural analysis.
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