Past Exhibition Ran from 18 June 2016 to 6 November 2016

Engineering the World: Ove Arup and the Philosophy of Total Design

The first major retrospective of Ove Arup (1895-1988), the most influential engineer of the 20th century. Part of the Engineering Season

Focussing on Ove Arup’s philosophy of total design, this exhibition featured unseen archival materials for projects such as the Sydney Opera House alongside recent prototypes and digital animations by Arup, the global engineering consultancy.

Supported by

Volkswagen Group is proud to support the V&A’s Engineering Season. As a leading technology and sustainable focused automobile manufacturer, Volkswagen is convinced that the arts and culture are integral elements of a vibrant society. We believe in the power of the arts to inspire creativity worldwide.

Exhibition Highlights

Penguin Pool, London Zoo

Photograph by Frederick William Bond, 1934, UK. © ZSL

Crossrail Tunnel Boring Machine

Photograph by Robby Whitfield, 2014, UK. © Crossrail Ltd

Sydney Opera House Under Construction

1966. © Robert Baudin for Hornibrook Ltd, courtesy Australian Air Photos

'Doodle' by Ove Arup

Original drawing (coloured pen and paper). © Private Collection

Portrait of Sir Ove Arup

Photograph by Godfrey Argent, 1969. © National Portrait Gallery, London

SolarLeaf algae façade panels at BIQ House Hamburg © ColtArupSCC

Bas relief on blueprint, The Menil Collection, Houston (Texas), 1982–1987, Project Piano & Fitzgerald, architects. © Francesco Pino/Fondazione Renzo Piano, 2009, courtesy Fondazione Renzo Piano

Exterior view of Centre Pompidou, Paris, France. © Ian Dagnall /Alamy


Engineering the World: Ove Arup and the Philosophy of Total Design

This exhibition is made possible with the cooperation of Arup.

With additional support from

Shelving provided with support from Mobilrot