Interactive installation lights up Eindhoven

March 1, 2009

LEAD Inc.’s collaboration with light architect Meeß-Olsohn. By Mason Riddle For architect and designer Ali Hashmeti and his collaborator Dr. Lars Meeß-Olsohn, fabric was the perfect material from which to construct their interactive installation “Dar Luz” for GLOW 2008, the third annual International Forum of Light in Art and Architecture in Eindhoven, Netherlands. “Our general …

“More Mobile: Portable Architecture for Today”

Reviewed by Samuel J. Armijos In “More Mobile: Portable Architecture for Today,” the follow-up to her 2002 book “Mobile: The Art of Portable Architecture for Today,” Jennifer Siegel, founder and principal of Office of Mobile Design (OMD), presents a wide range of portable, adaptable and sustainable structures that can be used for today’s nomads. Siegel …

Canopy extends outdoor use at Miami restaurant

Adding a sculptural canopy in front of a restaurant extends outdoor use at this Miami hot spot. The gentle salty breezes at the Bayside Marketplace in Miami, Florida, attract shoppers, diners and curiosity seekers to this up scale outdoor shopping mall flanking the bay. To control the occasional gusts that upset hats, umbrellas and hairdos …

System improves sound dispersal in a university conference hall

Improving the acoustics of the Steven Holl-designed architecture building at the University of Minnesota. By Mason Riddle Even some of the best-laid design schemes of the most notable architects can go astray. Take the case of a modestly scaled, second floor conference room in Rapson Hall, the home of the University of Minnesota’s College of …

Miami’s design festival features fabric pavilion

The pavilion is the centerpiece of the festival. By Joanna Baymiller Like the proverbial expression about rust, Miami never sleeps. From its renovated and ultra hip South Beach playground to its Art Deco and Design districts, Miami parades art, fashion and architecture in a frenzied and seemingly endless loop of exhibitions and festivals. It’s a …

Chanel’s Mobile Art Pavilion shows fabrics’ portability and flexibility

By Frank Edgerton Martin Coco Chanel’s 2.55 handbag is an enduring icon of design, material, proportions and portability. To celebrate its 50th anniversary and reissue, Chanel’s artistic director Karl Lagerfeld commissioned Zaha Hadid Architects to design a traveling pavilion to house the work of 19 artists, each with a contribution inspired by the classic bag. …

Architects design world’s largest transportable venue

The concept illustrates a moving experience. By Helen Elias UK structural engineers Ramboll Whitbybird has unveiled its innovative design solution for a self-supporting air inflated structure that, when manufactured, will be one of the world’s largest lightweight demountable performance venues. It isn’t just the size and scale of this iconic arena (along with a complex …

Multifunctional building features double-layer shell

Shanghai Taiyo Kogyo Co. Ltd. | Shanghai, China Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) Gymnasium is located in the Min Hang Campus of SJTU in Shanghai, China. The building, which can hold large games or performances, is one of the largest and most advanced gymnasiums among the colleges of China. The multifunctional building, with its novel …

Stadium features largest multiple-layered membrane structure in China

Shanghai Taiyo Kogyo Co. Ltd. | Shanghai, China Shanghai Taiyo Kogyo Corp. created the Natatorium of FoShan Shijilian Sports Center, an important membrane structure, which won an Outstanding Achievement Award in the tensile structures, more than 25,000 sq. ft. category of the 2008 International Achievement Awards, adjacent to Foshan Stadium in FoShan, Shanghai, China. It …

Structure allows all-weather usage of synthetic bowling greens

Shade to Order Pty Ltd. | Gateshead, New South Wales, Australia The client, Raymond Terrace Bowling Club, Australia, wanted an aesthetic, practical and energy efficient structure, which won an Award of Excellence in the tensile structures, more than 25,000 sq. ft. category of the 2008 International Achievement Awards, that allowed all-weather usage of synthetic bowling …