Northland Stadium, Wangharei, New Zealand

January 19, 2012

The project brief: to design and build a stadium in the Northland city of Whangarei, New Zealand, with a seating capacity of more than 3,000, the majority under cover. In addition, the client required corporate boxes and hospitality areas sheltered from the elements. The project purpose: to create a stadium that could be used for …

Look, up in the sky! A super-sized inflatable!

January 1, 2012

A super-sized inflatable served a super show The largest tethered airship ever made created the world’s largest projection surface and became the centerpiece for one of the greatest shows on earth, watched by millions of people worldwide. The XIX Commonwealth Games were held in Delhi, India, October 3–14, 2010, and included a total of 6,081 …

Wrapping the Olympic Stadium in graphics

Further developments to the Nov/Dec issue news about the London 2012 Olympics inform us that Dow is working with Cooley’s Commercial Graphics and Engineering Membranes divisions to develop and manufacture a sustainable fabric that will be used to wrap London’s iconic Olympic Stadium for the 2012 Olympic Games. Dow is also working with Rainier Industries …

Graceful floating fabric sculpture

A floating fabric sculpture graces the entrance atrium in the new MediaCityUK Living Lab at the University of Salford (Manchester, England). Appearing to hover above students throughout the entryway, the ribbon-like sculpture interlaces itself through the space and up to the second level atrium ceiling stretching nearly 22m from end to end. Designed, engineered and …

Barcelona: Textile structures X 5

A recent international conference introduced the latest R&D on fabric structure design By Josep l. de Llorens Structural Membranes 2011, the Fifth International Conference on Textile Composites and Inflatable Structures, was held in Barcelona, Spain, in October 2011. Organized by the International Centre for Numerical Methods in Engineering (CIMNE), the conference was the fifth of …

Urban(e) wildlife: fabric and wood cover public park restaurant

Fabric and wood combine for a unique restaurant in Hamilton, New Zealand’s most stunning public park—in the heart of the city Understand that Hamilton, New Zealand, a sophisticated city of around 200,000 habitants located 120km south of Auckland, had the foresight to preserve a large (54ha), stream-fed lake, Lake Rotoroa, a mere five minutes away …

Ecologies revealed: woven mesh replaces zoo fences

Woven mesh helps the Auckland Zoo make fences disappear By Frank Edgerton Martin Opened in 2011, Te Wao Nui exhibit at Auckland Zoo offers an immersive and intimate experience of some of the Southern Hemisphere’s most beautiful and rare ecologies. Like many other new zoo exhibits around the world, woven metal mesh plays a leading …

Rural living: bringing the shade home

Integrated shading in a New Zealand residence By Mason Riddle Aesthetics. Unobstructed views. Structural integrity. These were just three of the issues addressed by Shade Plus Ltd to satisfy a discerning client who needed shade relief for her new, contemporary rural home located approximately 25 minutes from the central business district of Christchurch, New Zealand. …

College sails

The Bethlehem Tertiary Institute, a prestigious teaching and family studies private college in Tauranga, New Zealand, recently upgraded its campus with enhanced outdoor landscaping and dedicated event and gathering spaces. One of these spaces benefited from the addition of two custom interlocking shade sails designed and fabricated by Shade Protection Ltd. Shade Protection designed an …

Handmade to spec: from pergola to canopy

This residential canopy is a retrofit of an existing wood pergola. Located in Parklands, an upscale suburb north of Christchurch, New Zealand , the project fits on top of the wooden support structure, perfectly matching the architecture of the house. Kolorful Kanvas Ltd., Waltham, created a low, curved-steel unobtrusive frame below the house roofline that …