It’s huge!

May 27, 2011

Anish Kapoor’s latest air-filled fabric art The Grand Palais, that turn-of-the-century Neo-Baroque pile in central Paris created for the International Exhibition of 1900, is home to the most up-to-the-minute installation this June when British artist-provocateur Anish Kapoor’s inflatable blood-red sculpture “Leviathan” is pumped up. Based on past work by the artist made of custom-made tension …

Ronstan launches new website to ease downloading and browsing

May 26, 2011

Ronstan Tensile Architecture’s new website has been re-designed with a sleek interface for at-a-glance views of Ronstan’s projects, news and events and services. Visitors can browse the wide-ranging applications of tensile architecture: facades, glazing, landscape and greening, catenary lighting, suspension and structural bracing, balustrade and railing, security and fall protection, bridges, zoological enclosures, tensioned fabric …

Dancing fabric

May 1, 2011

Combining a love of dance with fabric architecture concepts, graduate student Amber Sausen creates a dynamic performance space This Master of Architecture thesis project looked at capturing the movement of dance and used it to inspire a temporary fabric structure to house dance in an outdoor, urban space. An initial desire to create a kinetic …

Architect and awning maker bring beauty to busy Florida street

Cleaning up a fish shack, an architect and awning maker reel in the catch of the week A major thoroughfare that links the Everglades to the west and the Atlantic Ocean on the east, Oakland Park Boulevard is one of Fort Lauderdale’s busiest streets. Sections of the six-lane strip are full of quick food and …

High performance

A retractable fabric roof revitalizes the open-air theater at a historic castle in the Austrian Alps One of the most popular tourist destinations in the Alps, Kufstein village and castle (often called “The Pearl of the Tyrol”), dates from before the 13th century. The medieval Kufstein fortress was built as a defensive stronghold in the …

Norway Pavilion

The number of pavilions created especially for Shanghai World Expo 2010 that incorporated architectural fabric was impressive. A good third of the country venues incorporated textiles in some form or another, including Norway’s. “Norway powered by Nature” consisted of 15 “trees” constructed from laminated wood and bamboo (a new product developed in China called “GluBam®”) …

South Korea Pavilion

Another Shanghai World Expo 2010 pavilion of note is the South Korea Corp pavilion as it is enveloped entirely in a white translucent PVC fabric. Wrapping around the upper floors of the pilotis structure like a water wave, the fabric encloses the exhibition areas in a series of helical swathes that are backlit with LED …

Shenzhen East Huaqiao-City Water Park

A three-layer ETFE cushion roof covers the Shenzhen East Huaqiao amusement and indoor water park. Since part of the roof is retractable, the ETFE cushions and corresponding air circulation systems were designed to move with the retractable roof. Because the building’s overall shape is so complex, few of the several hundred blue ETFE cushions are …

Century Lotus Stadium

The Foshan stadium, a large cable-membrane structure, is the landmark of Foshan City. The stadium has a total membrane area of around 71,000m2, and membrane coverage of approximately 53,420m2. Its roofing structure is composed of 40 membrane units, with an area of 901m2 each. The overlaid design of the membrane fully utilizes the entire bearing …

Building innovation at Shanghai Expo

An interview with Yutaka Hikosaka, architect and designer of Japan’s technologically advanced pavilion at World Expo 2010 Shanghai, China. Editor’s note: This interview with Mr. Yutaka Hikosaka was conducted by Ms. Kikuko Tagawa, executive director of IFAI Japan, on March 8, 2011 in the offices of Taiyo Kogyo Corp., Tokyo, Japan. Hikosaka was the architectural …