Supertalls & Firehouses

S1, E5: Supertalls & Firehouses

Available on Smithsonian Channel
What happened when one of the world's most radical architects tried to reinvent a 100-year-old fire station in Rotterdam's port area? How on Earth does an ultra-slim skyscraper, 88 stories high and just 30 yards across, stay standing up in windy Manhattan? And how did designers create a building that rises up out of Scotland's River Tay. Join us as we examine the feats of engineering that led to the truly out-of-this-world Port House, the gravity-defying 432 Park Avenue, and the revolutionary V&A Dundee museum.