Robert Maillart, Bridge Engineer + Poet of Structure

Robert Maillart (February 6, 1872 – April 5, 1940) was a Swiss civil engineer who revolutionized the use of structural reinforced concrete. His innovations include the three-hinged arch and the deck-stiffened arch for bridges, and the beamless floor slab and mushroom ceiling for industrial buildings.
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Robert Maillart: grand hall of the Swiss National Exhibiton, Zurich, 1939
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Drawings for the Salginatobel Bridge by Robert Maillart.

Drawings for the Salginatobel Bridge by Robert Maillart.

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Robert Maillart:  scaffolding for the Salginatobel Bridge, Schiers, Switzerland, 1929.

Robert Maillart: scaffolding for the Salginatobel Bridge, Schiers, Switzerland, 1929.

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Robert Maillart bridge.  Before Maillart, bridges had been traditionally extremely heavy masonry.  Maillart changed everything with his delicate thin structural designs.

Robert Maillart bridge. Before Maillart, bridges had been traditionally extremely heavy masonry. Maillart changed everything with his delicate thin structural designs.

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Robert Maillart's Rossgraben Bridge, 1932

Robert Maillart's Rossgraben Bridge, 1932

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