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 …

Norway Pavilion

May 1, 2011

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 …

Fabric golf driving range in Guangzhou

A practice range for golfers in Guangzhou, China, reduces its impact on the land by using tensile fabric canopies Mayland Lake Resort is located at the outskirts of Guangzhou, China’s third-largest city (about 120km northwest of Hong Kong), and is surrounded by an 18-hole golf course, freshwater lake, natural forest and world-class resort community. It …

New materials, new outlook

What the future looks like, as seen in Munich By Mark Zeh The 2011 Bau Messe (Construction Trade Fair), covering most commercial aspects of architecture, materials and systems for the creation of new structures, takes place in Munich every two years. It’s the largest construction trade fair in Europe—and the volume of people and exhibitors …

Canvas canopies mushroom in renovated gallery

The Brooklyn Museum completed the first phase of renovation in its 900m2 colonnaded great hall and sought a unique installation to celebrate the space and serve as a hub for visitors. Situ Studio, Brooklyn, N.Y., created huge, mushroom-like canvas canopies around each of the gallery’s monumental columns to give the late 19th century architecture a …