Vierendeel girder

vierendeel truss, Vierendeel girder

An open-web truss having verticals which are rigidly connected to the top and bottom chords but without diagonals.
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The primary structure consists of a steel spine cantilevering from a 16m-diameter Vierendeel girder ring that will house a restaurant and exhibition space.