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 …

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. …

The greening of the Postal Service

New York’s Morgan Station is one of the nation’s largest green roofs By Frank Edgerton Martin It’s hard to get public agencies to fund poetics,” observes New York landscape architect, Elizabeth Kennedy, ASLA of the new green roof atop the Morgan Station Mail Processing Facility. Yet, at 1 hectare and seven stories off the ground, …

Canada’s biggest green roof

Built on a former landfill site, this hillside community center now boasts one of Canada’s largest green roofs—and it’s open to the public By Frank Edgerton Martin Designed by the landscape architects Sharp & Diamond, the new green roof at the Burnside Gorge Community Centre brings the coastal ecology of British Columbia into a city …

London hospital’s ETFE skylight

A redeveloped hospital complex links buildings with a membrane roof St. Bartholomew’s Hospital is the oldest established hospital in the United Kingdom and is located on a tight city center site within 500m of St Paul’s Cathedral. The redevelopment of St. Bartholomew’s (Barts) and The Royal London Hospital seeks to simplify the provision of healthcare …

Canopy forms a crucial link at New York college

Bard College gets it right with a helical connector canopy By Mason Riddle Size isn’t everything, we are told. But as with so many things, when something is just right—not too big and not to small, as Goldilocks reminded us—all of the planets snap into alignment. Such is the case with the dramatic steel and …