Bearing Lines - Bearing surfaces

Oskar von Miller Forum

The Oskar von Miller Forum and the M:AI Museum of Architecture and the Art of Engineering of North Rhine-Westphalia present, as part of the exhibition entitled “Bearing lines – bearing surfaces”, the design principles underlying the work of Stefan Polónyi. The exhibition is open from 6 until 30 November 2014 at the Oskar von Miller Forum in Munich.

Stefan Polónyi counts among the pioneering engineers of the late 20th century. Working in collaboration with numerous prominent architects, the marriage of design and material is the challenge he sets himself in each project. Drawn from a selection of particularly outstanding projects, the exhibition shows unusual solutions for the design of supporting structures.

 “Bearing lines and bearing surfaces” as fundamental principles of statics, form the basis of the presentation. It is precisely bearing lines that underlie the design principle of the Wulfen “meta-city” complex of buildings, and the curved lines of the distinctive bridge over the Rhine-Herne canal (Nordsternpark in Gelsenkirchen). Polónyi used planar load-bearing structures as steel-concrete pleat constructions for the roofs of numerous filling stations. Curved load-bearing structures, i.e. shells, were used in the canopy over the forecourt of Cologne Central Station as well as the concrete finish of the Church of St. Suitbert in Essen. Interactive models help the visitor of the exhibition to understand the fundamental mechanisms of action of support and weights. 

Opening times: 6 to 30 November 2014, Tuesday to Sunday from 12 noon to 6 pm, Thursday 12 noon to 8 pm