Structural assessment of the Winter Garden of the Royal Glasshouses of Laeken, Belgium

L. Lauriks, I. Wouters, Sigrid M. Adriaenssens, M. De Bouw, B. Verbeeck

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Abstract

The Winter Garden, the largest of the Royal Glasshouses, is situated at the Royal Domain in Laeken in the northeast of Brussels, Belgium. This glasshouse was built between 1874 and 1876 in order of king Leopold II, according to the design of architect Alphonse Balat. A two-dimensional analysis demonstrated the basis structural behaviour under a series of symmetrical load combinations: the structure works as a cupola with a tension and a pressure ring. The stress levels and deflections in the structure have to be evaluated in a three-dimensional model which is still in progress. For the time, it seems that the norm values are not exceeded. The major threat for the metal structure is corrosion. Previous interventions and a very aggressive tropical indoor climate inflicted heavy corrosion damage. Nowadays, this elaborate plain tour de force must undergo a major restoration.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationStructural Analysis of Historic Construction
Subtitle of host publicationPreserving Safety and Significance - Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Structural Analysis of Historic Construction, SAHC08
Pages683-688
Number of pages6
Volume1
StatePublished - Dec 1 2008
Externally publishedYes
Event6th International Conference on Structural Analysis of Historic Construction: Preserving Safety and Significance, SAHC08 - Bath, United Kingdom
Duration: Jul 2 2008Jul 4 2008

Other

Other6th International Conference on Structural Analysis of Historic Construction: Preserving Safety and Significance, SAHC08
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityBath
Period7/2/087/4/08

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction
  • Architecture
  • Safety Research

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