Fabric art to be featured at 2010 Winter Olympics

May 1, 2009

The 2010 Winter Olympics will host world-class athletes and fabric art worthy of the event. By Jake Kulju Janet Echelman likes a good breeze. Her massive fabric sculptures pepper the world — from Phoenix to Portugal, Bombay to Hong Kong — often designed specifically for engaging the wind elements that surround them. Her latest project, …

Structure masts support large PTFE sails

Span Systems Inc. | Manchester, N.H., United States The project, which won an Outstanding Achievement Award in the architectural structures category of the 2008 International Achievement Awards, consists of two large porte cocheres, one at each major entrance to the new facility, the Twin River Entertainment Complex, Lincoln, R.I. Both structures have three large masts …

National Stadium for 2008 Olympics features ETFE roof and PTFE ceiling

Beijing N&L Fabric Technology Co. Ltd. | Beijing, China Covertex GmbH | United Kingdom The Beijing National Stadium, which won an Award of Excellence in the architectural structures category of the 2008 International Achievement Awards, was the center of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. The roof is ETFE and the acoustic ceiling is PTFE. The …

Inflatable structure serves as portable venue for football tournament

Tectoniks Ltd. | Shrewsbury, Shropshire, United Kingdom The project, which won an Outstanding Achievement Award in the air structures category of the 2008 International Achievement Awards, involved the design and construction of an inflatable structure to serve as a portable venue for the promotion of the Euro 2008 football tournament in Austria and Switzerland. The …

Inflatable structure showcases international rugby

Fabric Shelter System | Whangarei, NTLD, New Zealand The project, which won an Award of Excellence in the air structures category of the 2008 International Achievement Awards, entailed the design and build of an inflatable structure in the shape of a rugby ball. Inside was a large mezzanine floor, stage, bar, toilets, storage, control room …

Vertical green

By Clare Miflin The global population is increasing rapidly, and by 2010 more than 50%, some 3.3 billion people, will live in urban areas. While cities offer opportunities for living with a low ecological footprint, they suffer from pollution, noise and remoteness from nature. Integrating vegetation into the urban fabric improves these quality of life …

Architects have their day in the Stuttgart

The international trade fair for roller shutters, gates and sun shading draws wide interest. By Gerd Schmid Editor’s note: Every three years in Stuttgart, Germany, the convention center holds the largest European trade fair for the building trades of rolling shutters, gates and sun shading systems. The show, called the R+T (Rolladen + Toren) was …

Hotel features metal mesh façade

Mexican architect Enrique Norten and TEN Arquitectos recently announced five new commercial and residential buildings in New York City, including Habita Chelsea Hotel on West 27th Street. The hotel features a metal mesh façade and exterior glass elevator that rises up through a slender glass column. The hotel’s ground level contains both a brasserie and …

Dubai cricket stadium features self-cleaning membrane

Dubai Sports City, the world’s first purpose-built sports city, now contains a 25,000-seat cricket stadium constructed of steel frames and a fiberglass-woven PTFE membrane with a self-cleaning topcoat of titanium dioxide (TiO2). Birdair Inc., Buffalo, N.Y., installed the 600-tonne steel truss system and 20,000m2 of membrane, completing the S3 Cricket Stadium at the end of …

Exhibit pays homage to Gaudí

Tension fabric exhibit specialists Transformit designed and constructed part of a traveling exhibition, “The Realism of Gaud“ and the Hope of Europe.” The commission came from Magrada Proyectos, Barcelona. The good working relationship on the project between the two companies led to the recent announcement that Magrada Proyectos is Transformit’s distributor in Spain and Portugal. …