30 St Mary Axe is one of London's most distinctive buildings. On a crowded city site the architects needed to balance the demand for floorspace with the impact at street level. They made a detailed 3D computer model of the building containing the relationships between the shape of the building the floor layouts, and individual components.
As the design changed, the computer model would recalculate allowing a level of design flexibility previously impossible. The computer model was key to constructing the building. It was used to pre-fabricate components and to guide each step of the construction. Computer-aided design can cut the times for design & construction and allows architects to innovate more than ever before.
You may not have thought of including a gift to a museum in your will, but the V&A is a charity and legacies form an important source of funding for our work. It is not just the great collectors and the wealthy who leave legacies to the V&A. Legacies of all sizes, large and small, make a real difference to what we can do and your support can help ensure that future generations enjoy the V&A as much as you have.