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Our approach to structures is based on knowledge of the resistance of materials, beam theory, plastic theories and the use of dynamic calculations and non-linear calculation to study both instability phenomena and cable typologies.

All structures are complex if they are looked at closely enough, to size them we accept simplifications on the safety side that allow us to create a behavioral safety envelope during their useful life. Concepts as common as embedding or articulation are abstractions that do not occur in reality. The foundation-structure interaction, or the functioning of reinforcements in rehabilitation are other examples in which the structural functioning must be understood to size elements that function optimally. Also in mixed structures, between steel, concrete and wood, there are multiple configurations that allow the advantages of each of the materials to be optimized.

We talk about complex structures when we deal with elements that do not fall into the previous categories, such as urban sculptures or structural façade elements.

complex structure
Design of complex structures

What do we do

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In choosing the structural system of the Santa Cruz de Campezo walkway, priority has been given to the use of sustainable materials and the landscape integration of the walkway into its environment dominated by the horizontality of the landscape.

It is a wooden walkway with tau-shaped steel piles. The union between the wood and the steel is an elastic embedment that ensures the rigidity of the assembly against gravitational actions, wind and vibrations; while having the necessary flexibility to breathe in the face of thermal variations.

Each material contributes and expresses its qualities, generating a hybrid structure in which the steel provides rigidity in the nodes on supports; and the wood, despite having a visually more important edge, provides lightness and a reduction in the structure's own weight. The structural and material functioning is the architectural expression of the whole.

The expression of matter
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