Interior fabric

January 1, 2011

Space articulation with fabric adds design flair with practical appeal By Carla Waldemar Heard a lot of hammering lately? Not likely. The construction industry is among the hardest hit in this bleak economy. Few housing subdivisions, office parks, megamalls or public institutions are breaking ground these days. Yet retail businesses, hospitals, colleges, exhibition arenas and …

Eventscape wins 2010 IAA Award of Excellence

November 7, 2010

Eventscape won an Award of Excellence in the commercial interiors category of the 2010 International Achievement Awards for this project involving the renovation of an existing retail store in Regina, SK, Canada. The store specializes in the sales and marketing of wireless devices, cable television and home security, and the renovation needed to redefine the …

A sound ceiling

November 1, 2010

Threshold Acoustics practices what it preaches in their new Chicago offices. By Joanna Baymiller Carl Giegold, principal in the Chicago-based Threshold Acoustics LLC, used the knowledge of his discipline to soothe his landlord’s lament of “Why do you need that?” The landlord had asked Giegold why his firm wanted an open office plan when the …

Case Study 2: Sun responsive shading

This interactive shading system—designed originally by recent architecture graduate Brent Vander Werf for the University of Arizona’s entry into the 2010 Solar Decathlon House competition—utilizes a bi-metal element in combination with shade fabric to create a self-regulating system that requires virtually no maintenance. Vander Werf’s “Compliant Shading Enclosure” [patent pending] creates a movable mechanism set …

Case Study 3: Dedmon Center

The Dedmon Center at Radford University, Radford, Va., recently replaced its fabric roof with a much improved and thermally efficient roof cladding of Tensotherm™ with Nanogel®, a sandwich of two layers of translucent, structural PTFE fiberglass membrane separated by a core of Nanogel aerogel insulation. For the 4831m2 Dedmon Center, the new roof more than …

Moving wall panels customize classrooms

July 1, 2010

A historic, three-story brick carriage house at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), Richmond, Va., needed updating, repair and an image makeover to attract graduate students in advertising and media. Instead of breaking down the old, VCU integrated the new—an open space with noise-damping, tent-like walls that can be reconfigured to customize classrooms and conference space at …

SOM’s Hajj Terminal wins AIA 25-Year Award

May 1, 2010

The Hajj Terminal at King Abjul Aziz International Airport in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, design by the Chicago and New York offices of SOM, received the 2010 AIA 25-Year Award. A fusion of vernacular architecture and contemporary structural innovation, the Hajj Terminal is a vast field of PTFE-coated fiberglass conical fabric roofs held up by 45m-tall …

The Olympic store

November 1, 2009

A winning retail design in Vancouver By Jeremy Clark Olympic spirit is riding high in anticipation of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. And who better to be named the official store for 2010 Winter Olympics merchandise than Hudson’s Bay Company (HBC), Canada’s first and most famous department store. HBC was …

Designing for people

Eberhard Zeidler strives to include community and environment in his buildings By Jean M. Cook In downtown Toronto, the tiers of offices inside the Zeidler Roberts Partnership (now called Zeidler Partnership) building overlook a small oasis. At the center of the building, sun streams into an atrium from skylights four stories above. Tall ficus trees …

Woolserge curtains fine tune sound in concert hall

September 1, 2009

Architect Jean Nouvel’s design for the new Danish Radio Concert Hall in Copenhagen has a notably unique exterior and interior. While the exterior is wrapped in a vinyl-coated polyester fabric skin in a custom blue that also acts as a projection screen, the interior wraps the audience with wood. Yet the sublime acoustics are the …