Roland-Garros gets a retractable roof with Serge Ferrari fabric

October 1, 2020

Like virtually every other major sporting event, the French Open postponed its 2020 tournament, with play now tentatively set to begin in late September. And when the world’s greatest tennis players set foot on the world’s most famous red clay, they’ll play regardless of weather, under a new retractable roof featuring a translucent, waterproof composite …

Big Span Structures completes covered walkway for Jacksonville transit users

An eye-catching pedestrian bridge with a tensile membrane roof is keeping Jacksonville, Fla., transit users protected from the elements. Jacksonville Transit Authority’s vision of a regional multimodal hub is coming to a reality with the Jacksonville Regional Transportation Center (JRTC). Located in the heart of the downtown LaVilla area, the JRTC will integrate key local, …

School design in New Zealand embraces sustainability

September 21, 2020

The Green School campus in New Zealand showcases a relatively new material, Mehler Texnologies’ Lodge de Luxe membrane, a fabric often used for safari lodges. The Green School is a collaborative design developed by international and local designers, architects and engineers, according to a recent Mehler announcement. The structures were designed from the most organic …

Big Span Structures outfits PGA Tour Headquarters with ETFE skylights

September 1, 2020

Big Span Structures, Summerfield, Fla., has announced the recent completion of an ETFE skylight installation on the roof of the new PGA Tour headquarters in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. Big Span specializes in concept-to-completion solutions for signature lightweight tensile membrane structures. The project consists of a two-layer ETFE application, known as a cushion system, where …

An architecturally significant performance hall gets a new canopy

When Hurricane Irma slammed into Florida in 2017, the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall in Sarasota, Fla., was one of many buildings damaged. In particular, the fabric of the hall’s front canopy needed to be replaced.  The new canopy needed to protect visitors from inclement weather and complement the roof of the main building, which …

Redesigned tent for COVID-19

August 1, 2020

While numerous end-product manufacturers have responded to the COVID-19 pandemic by fabricating products that they have never made before, others looked to past products and designs to apply to today’s challenges.     Rainier Industries’ commercial tent division brought back a tent design that was historically used in agricultural applications. With a few minor tweaks …

Solar-powered canopy captures the rhythm of Miami

July 1, 2020

The Rhythm Foundation exists to bring international music to the U.S. It focuses on music from cultures that connect to South Florida including Latin America, Brazil, the Caribbean, Africa and Europe.  In 2015, the Miami, Fla.-based nonprofit was awarded management of the North Beach Bandshell, an open-air amphitheater in Miami Beach’s North Beach Historic District …

Shading to lower energy consumption

June 1, 2020

The Sandton district in suburban Johannesburg, South Africa, is home to an exciting new mixed-use development known as The Central. It’s also home to the sleek, modern 96 Rivonia Road, a low energy certified building that is the new headquarters of Werksmans and Partners, a 100-year-old law firm.  Designed by architects Boogertman & Partners, the …

Revitalizing area culture with a cozy NOOK

May 1, 2020

In the city of Taitung in Taiwan, there is a lot of history around an old train station, abandoned for more than a decade. At one time, it was central to the region’s growth. Recently, city leaders wanted to revitalize the area by creating an inviting cultural space.  They commissioned Portuguese creative studio FAHR 021.3®, …

Mood art at the Microsoft Research Center

An art installation that smiles back Walk into the atrium of Building 99, a Microsoft Research center in Redmond, Wash., and you can’t miss the two-story architectural installation. Depending on your mood, it greets you with different levels of color and light. The structure is named Ada in honor of Ada Lovelace, a gifted 19th …