Nouvel’s Serpentine Pavilion unveiled

May 1, 2010

The London-based Serpentine Gallery announced the 2010 Pavilion design by French architect Jean Nouvel. A contrast of lightweight materials and dramatic cantilevered metal, Nouvel’s design is rendered in a vivid red that nods to the iconic British telephone booth, post boxes and London buses. The building’s bold geometric forms use retractable awnings and fabric structures …

Randy Sharp envisions living cities

A leading Canadian landscape architect discusses green roofs, walls and opportunities for new technologies By Frank Edgerton Martin Randy Sharp is a Canadian landscape architect with American roots. “I come from a family of landscape architects and designers,” he explains. As a teenager, landscape architecture was actually his “third choice” in possible careers. Growing up …

Code considerations in fabric structure design

By James A. Strapko Elegance, airiness and sculptural possibilities may motivate an architect to incorporate a fabric structure in a building design. Implications of this choice are not limited to building form. Design of a fabric structure as part of a large-scale commercial project may require an architect to collaborate with a manufacturer to properly …

Visionaries inspire architecture students to design inflatable structures

Architecture and Vision partners lead University of Minnesota students in a workshop on inflatable structures By Bruce N. Wright For five intense days in March, graduate students in architecture at the College of Design, University of Minnesota (CDES), played with balloons and flexible materials to experiment and construct an inflatable structure during the college’s weeklong …

Shade structure allows fun in the sun

A shade structure at a city water park allows Minnesotans to enjoy long-awaited summers By Abbie Yarger In Minnesota, summers are a celebration. After months of being confined to snow-covered houses in frigid temperatures, Minnesotans relish every warm, sunny day that comes along. Water activities are a must for many residents, who flock to lakes …

Summer means Textile Roofs in Berlin

The 15th annual international workshop in membrane structures will take place at the Technical University of Berlin (TU-Berlin) from June 3–5. Guest speakers include Rakesh Aggarwal, Björn Briegert, Horst Dürr, Françoise Fournier, Jürgen Hennicke, Dieter Ströbel Rosemarie Wagner and Robert Wehdorn-Roitmayr, among others.

Outdoor shade structure offers glare-free, lower heat

Employees the world over squabble and scheme to get offices with windows, so contemporary office designs let the sunshine in with floor-to-ceiling glass—and sometimes wall-to-wall glare. Architects Scott Tallon Walker faced the additional challenge of reflected glare from the water on an office structure at Lapps Quay, Cork City, Ireland. They selected outdoor shade structures …

SOM’s Hajj Terminal wins AIA 25-Year Award

The Hajj Terminal at King Abjul Aziz International Airport in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, design by the Chicago and New York offices of SOM, received the 2010 AIA 25-Year Award. A fusion of vernacular architecture and contemporary structural innovation, the Hajj Terminal is a vast field of PTFE-coated fiberglass conical fabric roofs held up by 45m-tall …

U.S. Embassy in London revealed

Philadelphia architect KieranTimberlake has been selected to design the new American embassy in London. Construction is to begin in 2013 with completion set for 2017. The design emphasizes a sense of transparency, openness and at the same time, a sense of security the building must convey while honoring the English tradition of urban parks and …

German architecture firm wins competition for helicopter landing platform design

A proposed helicopter landing for a German clinic aims to speed patient recovery by speeding delivery times By Mark Zeh OX2architekten of Aachen, Germany, recently won a competition to design the new emergency care helicopter landing platform for the University Clinic of Aachen. The platform will be used for helicopter traffic for airlifted emergency patients. …