Over 125 years ago two buildings were both designed and constructed in an incredibly short space of time: the Crystal Palace, and a hospital for the Crimean War which was designed, constructed, crated, shipped to the Dardanelles.

Whilst the former building was designed by a head gardener and the latter by a civil engineer, lsambard Kingdom Brunel, both are paradigmatic, and, in their contrast, illustrative of the range of early industrialized building.

The significance of Brunel's building lies in the fact that the fundamentals that Brunel grappled with, successfully, are still relevant today.


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The Arup Journal 1981 - Issue 2