Fabric-wrapped Planetarium Exhibit

September 1, 2011

A new exhibit at Chicago’s Adler Planetarium is wrapped in fabric As part of its first major renovation since 1999, the Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum on the Chicago waterfront, enlisted Fabric Images Inc. to engineer and construct a tensioned fabric space portal and gallery area to its new Deep Space Adventure exhibit. The Clark …

Stella + Calatrava: The Michael Kohlhaas Curtain in Germany

By Mason Riddle What happens when a near legendary American artist and an acclaimed Spanish engineer-architect decide to play nicely in an iconic modernist art museum in Germany? “Stella & Calatrava: The Michael Kohlhaas Curtain,” a bold, stylistically unconventional mixed media work installed in Berlin’s Neue Nationalgalerie designed by Mies Van der Rohe. Part painting, …

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 …

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 …

Shenzhen East Huaqiao-City Water Park

May 1, 2011

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 …

South Korea Pavilion

Another Shanghai World Expo 2010 pavilion of note is the South Korea Corp pavilion as it is enveloped entirely in a white translucent PVC fabric. Wrapping around the upper floors of the pilotis structure like a water wave, the fabric encloses the exhibition areas in a series of helical swathes that are backlit with LED …

Norway Pavilion

The number of pavilions created especially for Shanghai World Expo 2010 that incorporated architectural fabric was impressive. A good third of the country venues incorporated textiles in some form or another, including Norway’s. “Norway powered by Nature” consisted of 15 “trees” constructed from laminated wood and bamboo (a new product developed in China called “GluBam®”) …

Tensile mesh streamlines Dublin airport

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 …

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 …

Membrane microclimate in squid capsule

January 1, 2011

Visitors to the outdoor courtyard of Materials & Applications, a Los Angeles nonprofit research and exhibition center for public space, encountered fair weather in the cloudlike apparition called Squid Capsule. Created by L.A. design firm Layer, the Squid Capsule consisted of 40 transparent vinyl membranes hanging like tentacles. A cloud of fog covered the installation, …