Historic Case Study Projects

Inmos Factory, Wales

The Inmos Factory in Wales, designed by Richard Rogers, is one of the early High Tech Buildings that served as a precedent for a new type of exposed steel architecture that used tension support systems to hang things like roof elements, that would normally have been supported by columns. This rather fanciful structural language created buildings whose structure and detailing system set them quite apart from more usual "grounded" architecture.


The Inmos Factory designed by Richard Rogers in Wales is an excellent example of the use of a tower and cable supported cantilever system to support the roof. The building can be extended along its central spine to whatever length is desired.

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