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The National Assembly for Wales
Richard Rogers
Cardiff, Wales

Undulating like a shaken carpet, the curvilinear red-cedar underside of the Assembly’s roof is so geometrically complex and delicate that it could be realized only with 3-D modeling and visualization techniques. From the front of the building, the roof appears to float upon a single slate plinth, an illusion made possible by thin steel mullions in the façade, minimal steel columns around the perimeter, and tensioned stability ties from the ground to the roof.

Credit: James Brittain/View/Estostock

Credit: Redshift Photography, Rogers Stirk + Partners

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