Fiber and nature inspire public artist

May 1, 2008

By Mason Riddle Trained as an architect, Randy Walker has a keen appetite for creating architecturally inspired public art projects from woven materials. Some originate with pre-existing structures like the 1962, 7.6m high playground Spaceship in Minneapolis’ Brackett Park. About to get the heave-ho because after 45 years, people decided it too dangerous, Walker came …

Ribbon guides visitors through aviation exhibition

Architen Landrell Associates Ltd. | Monmouthshire, United Kingdom Once a fighter station, Duxford Airspace is now home to a large collection of war-time exhibits. The “Flight Path” is an undulating, twisting three-dimensional ribbon, which won an Award of Excellence in the interior banners category of the 2007 International Achievement Awards, that passes down the length …

Shade structures add sculptural feel to resort lagoon pools

Taiyo Membrane Corp. | Brisbane, Queensland, Australia This beachfront resort on Fiji’s Denarau Island wanted to provide its pool and spa area with comfortable shaded areas. The integrated island resort houses a central lagoon-style pool with private beaches for its patrons. These structures, which won an Outstanding Achievement Award in the architectural structures category of …

Fabric roof membrane shape promotes good acoustics for bandshell

FTL Design Engineering Studio | New York, N.Y., United States This temporary bandshell is used for free performances in the neighborhood town square. A series of custom aluminum trusses support a fabric roof membrane, which won an Outstanding Achievement Award in the architectural structures category of the 2007 International Achievement Awards, and can be installed …

Shopping center canopies provide escape from the heat

FabriTec Structures | Costa Mesa, Calif., United States Westgate Shopping Center is a 603,870m2, multi-purpose facility with shops, restaurants, offices, theaters and residential units, located in Glendale, Ariz. This facility is within walking distance of the newly constructed Arizona Cardinals stadium. The shading canopies, which won an Outstanding Achievement Award in the architectural structures category …

Sculptural installation reflects theme of time and change

Jens J. Meyer, Visual Artist | Essen, Germany Hovering archives was a temporary art project in Hafen, in the harbor of Hamburg, Germany. The idea was to make the change of a fast-growing new neighborhood visible while connecting it to the history of the site. In daytime, the hourglass shape of the sculptural installation relates …

Awnings and cabanas help restore casino

Trimmer Smith Awning & Upholstery | Mobile, Ala., United States The project, which won an Outstanding Achievement Award in the multiple fabric structures category of the 2007 International Achievement Awards, consists of 16 quarter-bullnose awnings, 10 fully enclosed pool cabanas, and four open poolside cabanas in large shell-style with compound-radius bullnose edge-frames and 9m-diameter carousel …

Leaf designs provide functional centerpiece for renovation project

Tropical Js Inc. | Honolulu, Hawaii, United States A basic flat canopy was to be turned into something more exciting and utilitarian at the Fairfield Hawaii resort in Waikiki, Oahu Reef, Hawaii. The original concept was flat and inconsistent with the character of fabric and fabric structures. It would have collected water, dirt and cigarette …

Structure, awnings and umbrellas create inviting look

Tropical Js Inc. | Honolulu, Hawaii, United States The Miramar Hotel in Waikiki, Hawaii, desired a centerpiece structure, awnings and umbrellas, which won an Award of Excellence in the multiple fabric structures category of the 2007 International Achievement Awards, over its bar and special events room to create a new and inviting look. To seamlessly …

Suspended banners humanize expansive space

Judy Dioszegi, Designer | Green Oaks, Ill., United States Issues of architecture and space made this a complex project, which won an Outstanding Achievement Award in the interior banners category of the 2007 International Achievement Awards. Architects visually lowered the 12m-high ceiling, attempting to humanize the expansive space. Three large banners were suspended from the …