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July 20, 2011

The largest composite building in the world sees first panels put in place on the new façade of the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam As reported in Fabric Architecture, July 2010, the museum façade redesign by Benthem Crouwel Architects consists of a single surface of Teijin Twaron and Toho Tenax fiber composite panels covering an area …

“Safe landing” update

July 15, 2011

Our lead news story in the May/June 2010 issue, by contributing editor Mark Zeh, introduced a dynamic design of a helicopter landing pad for the University Clinic of Aachen, Germany. Since then, we’ve learned that the landing pad, designed by German architects OX2architekten, has been constructed and is in active use. A 22-hour time-lapse video …

Amazon Sports Complex—Manaus

July 1, 2011

Located in the Amazon jungle 1,500km from the sea, Manaus lies at the convergence of the Rio Negro and Rio Solimões that form the Amazon River. The Amazon Sports Complex is an integrated sports park that includes multi-purpose venues and a swimming center. The roof structure is made of mutually supporting cantilevers of hollow core …

Mineirão/Mineirinho Complex—Belo Horizonte

Located in the historic mining city of Belo Horizonte, the third largest city in Brazil, the Mineirão/Mineirinho Complex is a modernization and renovation of a historic stadium that was built between 1963 and 1965 to designs by Eduardo Mendes Guimarães Jr., and Caspar Garetto. The Mineirão Stadium (“Big Miner Stadium”), with its rhythmically spaced concrete …

National Stadium—Brasília

Designed and completed in 1974 by Ícaro Castro Mello, the Mané Garrincha Stadium has been reworked and renamed the National Stadium for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Soccer games. A new lower tier and the completion of an existing upper tier fragment has been designed by Castro Mello’s son Eduardo, and a surrounding esplanade with …

Latin America builds stadiums

If you design sports stadia, Latin America— primarily Brazil—is the place to be Last year, with the announcement of the winner of the venue sweepstakes for the 2014 World Cup Soccer and 2016 Summer Olympic Games, Brazil suddenly bumped up the excitement several notches for sports development in South America. Tensioned fabric will play a …

Argentina zoo gets all meshed up

Webmesh solutions for a stunning new bird exhibit in Argentina By Frank Edgerton Martin Over the centuries, zoos have evolved from private collections of exotic animals to powerful advocates for species conservation and environmental education. Located outside of Buenos Aires, Argentina, Parque Temaikèn is one of the most progressive zoos in Latin America. Like many …

Tension structures in the southern hemisphere

Fabric Architecture’s contributing editor reports on the fourth international symposium on tension structures in Latin America By Víctor Hugo Roldán Held April 6–8 in Montevideo, Uruguay, at the Facultad de Arquitectura (Farq), the IV Simposio Latinoamericano de Tensoestructuras brought together more than 275 students, faculty, professionals and suppliers to the tension structure industry Nicholas Goldsmith …

Fabric Tiki lanterns go Hollywood

A Polynesian garden and pool, surrounded by 15 massive fabric lanterns, inspires a relaxed tropical ambiance—despite its location on the sixth-floor roof deck of the tony 1600 Vine at Hollywood & Vine apartments in Los Angeles. The Legacy Lanterns, designed by RCH Studios (also architects of the apartment complex) and fabricated by Canvas Specialty, are …

Knoll Textiles on view

Bard Graduate Center: Decorative Arts, Design History, Material Culture, presents Knoll Textiles, 1945–2010, an exhibition including the earliest innovators’ applications of materials and fiber construction for use in interiors. The exhibition includes Ralph Rapson’s 657W parachute strapping rocking chair (pictured), leaf and jute floor materials, saran drapery and transportation cloth, designed in collaboration with GM’s …