Mesh structure evokes Atlanta’s tree canopy

January 1, 2021

Atlanta, Ga., is known as the “city in the forest” because of its abundance of trees. A mesh sculpture installed at the High Museum of Art in the summer of 2020 drew on Atlanta’s relationship with the natural world and bird migration with the goal of spurring conversations around biodiversity, extinction and cohabitation. The temporary …

Inside-out tent hosts summer cinema

During the self-isolation period of the 2020 pandemic, “it became clear that some films can only exist and be perceived in theaters,” according to Evgeny Gusyatinskiy, film program curator for Garage Screen, the summer film series hosted by the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow, Russia. Garage Screen’s summer pavilion, designed by Yerevan, Armenia-based architectural …

Netted sculpture billows above St. Petersburg pier

December 1, 2020

Artist Janet Echelman used 180 miles of twine and 1,662,528 knots to create the ethereal look of Bending Arc, the aerial sculpture commissioned for St. Pete Pier, a 26-acre destination on the waterfront in St. Petersburg, Fla.  Echelman is known internationally for monumental net sculpture installations. Bending Arc was designed to celebrate change as it …

Inflatable forest comes to life with human interaction

November 1, 2020

The Canopy, an inflatable installation that debuted in 2019 at the Light City festival in Baltimore, Md., is designed to bring people together for a greater good. At first glance, it is a forest of tree-like sculptures that are white in the daylight and aglow with neon colors at night. That’s where people come in. …

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 …