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 …

Tensile mesh streamlines Dublin airport

May 1, 2011

Each year, 15 million passengers will traverse Dublin Airport’s Terminal 2 (T2), visiting Ireland’s capitol for tourism or business, and the Dublin Airport Authority wanted a striking modern statement in the T2 design. Architects Pascall + Watson of Dublin created an airy, modern space with a white ceiling, natural light, soaring fan-shaped vaults and 26,100m2 …

New entrance canopy for the United Nations

New York architects and engineers FTL Design Engineering Studio have completed a tensioned fabric porte cochere for the entrance of the United Nations General Assembly building north lawn. While the main assembly building is undergoing renovations, a temporary General Assembly building accommodates delegates. FTL’s design serves as an entrance and security screen, and is envisioned …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …