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Bridgestone Museum of Art Renovation Report: No.5

2017.09.13
Full-scale work on the underground framework for the building began in mid- June of this year. In July, the deepest foundation slabs were laid. Since these slabs will bear the entire weight of the building, they are 3.6 meters thick. Before pouring the concrete, 400 tons of reinforcing bars were assembled. A huge crane lifted long, heavy bundles of these bars and lowered them into the excavated basement area, where workers moved the bars, one at a time, to assemble them where the slabs were to be built. The building that will provide the new home for the museum will consist of two underground and twenty-three above-ground floors. Building the foundations to support this 150-meter-tall building is a critical part of the construction work.
1.A large crane lowers long, heavy steel bars into the underground area.

1.A large crane lowers long, heavy steel bars into the underground area.

2.Construction workers move the steel bars, one by one, to the spots where they are to be assembled.

2.Construction workers move the steel bars, one by one, to the spots where they are to be assembled.

3.The workers carefully fit together the steel bars to reinforce the slabs.

3.The workers carefully fit together the steel bars to reinforce the slabs.

4.As countless reinforcing bars and beams are arranged across the underground construction area, it turns into a rather unusual space.

4.As countless reinforcing bars and beams are arranged across the underground construction area, it turns into a rather unusual space.