Hyperboloids and tubular boilers: Vladimir Shukhov's legacy exhibition opened

October 27, 2019

Shchusev State Museum of Architecture presents an exhibition of Vladimir Shukhov's legacy (1853-1939).

The exhibition 'Shukhov. Architecture’s Formula' will bring together more than 300 items. The original documents have been provided by Russian and foreign holdings. These include the archive of the Russian Academy of Sciences, the Russian State Archive of Scientific and Technical Documents, Moscow Central State Archive, and the Institute for Lightweight Structures (Stuttgart).

The display highlights two engineer’s ground-breaking inventions, namely steel mesh floors and hyperboloid structures. They influenced a lot the architecture aesthetics at the turn of the 19th–20th centuries.

The exhibition presents drawings, models, photos dedicated to the construction of pavilions of the Russian Art and Industrial Exhibition of 1896 in Nizhny Novgorod, and Shukhov's manuscripts with calculations and engineering solutions of renowned structures.

The display traces the evolution of a hyperboloid from numerous versions of openwork water towers to Shabolovskaya Radio Tower (1919-1922) and the supports of the Nizhny Novgorod Power Plant on the Oka River (1927-1929).

Design solutions of the Bakhmetyevsky Garage building for the bus fleet of the Moscow municipal services, dated 1927, are of interest, too, including a land plot layout for garage construction, its facades, as well as drawings of longitudinal and transverse sections of the building.

Façade design for a bus garage (Bakhmetyevsky garage) of the Moscow municipal services. 1927. Main Archive Department of Moscow

One of the leading sections of the exhibition features ceilings designed by Shukhov. A patent for the invention of mesh roofing systems of 1895 holds a special place among the archival materials. The main exhibit of this section is a shop of the metallurgical plant in Vyksa with doubly curved shell (1897).

There is a separate hall for oil developments such as oil pipelines, storage tanks, the first oil cracking plant and barges.

To date, it is the biggest display of this outstanding engineer and inventor.

Source: mos.ru

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