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Masonry in the modern day : Oslo presentation

September 2019
Whitby Wood director Anton Sawicki made an industry presentation in Oslo this month that drew on his experience in the engineering design of the masonry facades for the Tate Modern extension (London, 2016) and the National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design (Oslo, 2019).

Tate Modern extension
Tate Modern extension under construction, photo: Mark Whitby

Anton’s presentation was entitled, Masonry in the Modern Day. He appeared in Oslo on 11 September at the Norsk Murdag conference organised by Byggutengrenser (Brilliant Buildings), a Norwegian group funded by the concrete and masonry industries to promote the best use of materials. Attendees included architects, engineers, technical specialists, masons and suppliers of materials and services to the masonry industry.

Although Anton joined Whitby Wood only recently, he is a long time friend and colleague to many in the practice. He worked alongside Mark Whitby and Sebastian Wood at Whitby Bird and later Ramboll UK. During that period he was structural director for the Tate Modern extension, working closely with Mark. While at Ramboll he was structural director involved in the development of the masonry facade for the Oslo Museum. His presentation investigated how traditional masonry has been developed for modern-day construction, using both buildings as illustrations.


Masonry detail, National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Oslo, photo: Anton Sawicki

Olso Museum
National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Oslo, image: courtesy Kleihues + Schwerk

— The Tate Modern extension … client: Trustees of the Tate, architect: Herzog & de Meuron
— National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Oslo: … client: Statsbygg, architect: Kleihues + Schwerk

Norsk Murdag (Norwegian Wall Day) is an event organised by the Norwegian Wall Forum in collaboration with Byggutengrenser and Murbyen Oslo.

www.byggutengrenser.no

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