Welcome to the International Database and Gallery of Structures called “Structurae”. What is this site about? Well, their introduction tells it all nicely so I’ll share it with you:
“This site offers you information on works of structural engineering, architecture or construction through time, history and from around the world. Our documentation begins at the time of the pyramids in Egypt and Roman construction, continues to Romanesque and Gothic churches and through to the Industrial Revolution all the way to today and beyond. Structurae deals mostly with bridges, tunnels, dams, skyscrapers, stadiums, towers, etc.”
Right off the bat the exciting things to point out to you are the “Structure of the Month” section and the “New and Noteworthy” section. In the Structure of the Month section you will see a featured structure. When I was there it was the Millau Viaduct. According to this site the Millau Viaduct has the highest bridge piers in the world. There are some lovely pictures of it, as well as a ton of technical information about its construction. I liked the “Notes and Comments” section that you can reach by scrolling down the page. This has interesting trivia facts about the structure.
If you click the “Structure” tab on the bar on the top of the page you can check out the structures that are featured. There are a lot of ways to use this site. You can search for structures by name, type, function, construction method, geographic location, and year of completion. If you click on the titles of each of these you can look through categories and check out the things that strike your interest.
Large Scale Projects — “This section contains the types of projects which include more than one single and separate structure. These are for example highways, high-speed railroad lines, airports, subway lines or just groups of buildings.”
You can browse this section by Name, Project Type, and Location. It works very much the same way as the structure section. There is a Large Scale Project of the Month as well. When I was there it was the Autoroute A75. Surprise, surprise, it ties into the Millau Viaduct and shows excellent correlation on their part. It is a beautiful stretch of road from what you can see in the pictures.
I was surprised at how easily I enjoyed exploring this site. In no time flat I was in awe and wonder at some of the structures and projects shown here. And what’s really cool is that you can look up structures of the past too. Like perhaps the Eiffel Tower, The Great Pyramids, or the Sears Tower, so on and forth. Enjoy!