Photo by: Harju Elu
In January, the Estonian Museum of Architecture opened the exhibition "Miracles in Concrete. Structural Engineer August Komendant". On March 6, in connection with the exhibition, the museum organized a visit to the Harku plant of E-Betoonelement to see first-hand how the ideas of the engineer genius, August Komendant, are still alive today.
August Komendant emigrated to the United States where he collaborated with many of the world's top architects, including Louis I. Kahn. August began to promote the delivery of parts to the construction site and their assembly with cranes. He was committed to the utmost precision. While modern civil engineers agree on 2 centimeters to be the tolerance or accuracy of building details, then surprisingly, this figure was much smaller for a building completed in 1960.
Read more from Harju Elu about the tolerance of details in 1960, which is unheard today, and about other exciting topics discussed during the visit to Harku plant.