Millennium Dome – What’s up with that?

September 1, 2010

London rang in the new century under the Millennium Dome’s fabric roof. Ten years later, how is the roof holding up? By Tanya Ross Editor’s note: The iconic Millennium Dome—designed and built in time for the United Kingdom to celebrate the turn of the millennium at New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31, 1999—has thrived as a …

Herzog & de Meuron’s Allianz Arena 10+ yrs

The Allianz Arena in retrospect. By Mark Zeh It’s been more than five years since the opening of the Allianz Arena in Munich, Germany. In the meantime, the stadium—designed by Herzog & de Meuron Architekten of Basel, Switzerland—has become a symbol of both Munich and Germany. Construction of the Allianz Arena, located in Fröttmaning, along …

Air domes: last of a dying breed?

Minneapolis’ Metrodome fabric roof may be the last of a dying breed. By Mason Riddle Are air-supported dome stadia dead? Has the characteristic “marshmallow-in-bondage” design had its day for multipurpose stadia? Many within the building industry, as well as professional sports teams and their fans, answer a decided “yes.” However, a few, such as David …

Fabric structure sets the stage at Essence Music Festival

The Essence Music Festival, a three-day concert and cultural event held every year in New Orleans, is the largest African-American music and empowerment event in the U.S. Recently, RE:BE Design created a massive, single-unit stage setting to host the Festival integrating large projection screens with scenic elements in a spandex fabric cladding over a truss …

Unileverhaus named “World’s Best Office Building”

Dramatically perched on the banks of the Elbe River, Hamburg, Germany, the Behnisch Architekten-designed Unileverhaus recently won the “World’s Best Office Building” award at the World Architecture Festival Awards. The new Unilever headquarters for the company’s Germany, Austria and Switzerland operations features a central atrium and a building that follows the principles of holistic, sustainable …

Solar tent promotes green energy education

FTL Solar LLC, New York, N.Y., and the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) teamed up this spring to promote green energy education to school kids. More than 100 students participated in NWF’s Eco-Schools USA contest by making “green wishes” for their school. Boston Latin School (BLS), the oldest school in the United States, won the competition’s …

World’s tallest tensile structure

A new cable-net tensile structure claiming the title of world’s tallest tensile structure opened recently in Astana, Kazakhstan. Soaring 150m from an elliptical base, the Khan Shatyr Entertainment Center, designed by Foster + Partners, is a three-layer ETFE-clad shelter that encloses an urban-scaled park, various entertainment and leisure facilities, and restaurants, cinemas and shops. As …