Colorful clouds decorate architecture office

July 1, 2009

An office for an architecture firm demands elements that set the space apart from a typical workplace. To enhance the Irvine, Calif. office of Mulvanny G2 Architecture, Transformit installed a fabric piece to create ambiance in the café area. The piece transforms the ceiling into a sky-like scene, with the design conjuring imagery of clouds …

Moving elements soothe airport visitors

Travelers at the Indianapolis airport are treated to art that aims to calm. By Adam Regn Arvidson Air travel is stressful these days. Increasing delays, shrinking legroom and the proliferation of fees dog the business and casual traveler alike. Just arriving at an airport seems to raise the stress level, and the conclusion of a …

Fabric units create uniform look in airport terminals

May 1, 2009

Shanghai Taiyo Kogyo Co. Ltd. | Shanghai, China Pudong International Airport Terminal 2, which won an Award of Excellence in the commercial interiors category of the 2008 International Achievement Awards, is on the east of Terminal 1, and consists of a main hall and boarding gallery in Pudong, China. Both have eye-shaped skylights on the …

Water park features 79 colorful aquatic shapes

Lawrence Fabric Structures | St. Louis, Mo., United States This project, which won an Outstanding Achievement Award in the interior banners category of the 2008 International Achievement Awards, included 79 colorful aquatic shapes (fish, seaweed, water spouts, wave currents, etc.) that were hung from the ceiling of the Schaumburg municipal water park, Schaumburg Water Works …

Sculpture compliments school landscape

The Design Loft Inc. | St. Louis, Mo., United States This project, which won an Outstanding Achievement Award in the interior banners category of the 2008 International Achievement Awards, was designed to create a site-specific sculpture in the school concourse area that compliments the landscape seen from the glass wall windows of Hershey Private School, …

Opera house features award-winning design

March 1, 2009

Art and architecture comingle in the new Oslo Opera. Norwegian architects Snøhetta are winners of the World Architecture Festival 2008 for their design of the Oslo Operahouse. The building’s arresting forms, integrated mix of materials and the designer’s close collaboration with artists convinced the jury of the project’s worth, winner of the culture category of …

Fabric provides defining element for airport bar

January 1, 2009

A compact bar at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport lights up the traveler’s time and space. By Todd Willmert When John Denver wrote the 1960s hit song, “Leaving on a Jet Plane,” the lyrics were actually penned during an airport layover, and today, more than ever, air travel is weighed down by long delays and …

Moving illuminated object opens new possibilities in membranes

July 1, 2008

Taiyo Kogyo Corp. | Tokyo, Japan This illuminated object, called “Flower Dance,” is a moving illumination, intended to open new possibilities in membranes. The object, which won an Award of Excellence in the commercial interiors category of the 2007 International Achievement Awards, is located in Midland Square, a building complex in front of Nagoya Station …

Fabric concourse wall hides stadium seating

Eventscape Inc. | Toronto, Ontario, Canada Eventscape’s portion of this project, which won an Outstanding Achievement Award in the commercial interiors category of the 2007 International Achievement Awards, is a 1,950m2 angled, custom-framed, fabric concourse wall, created to interestingly hide the back of the stadium seating. The design draws on the community’s nautical and industrial …

Glass envelope with oval footprint creates fitting memorial

Hightex GmbH | Rimsting, Germany On the third anniversary of the Atocha railway terminal bomb attack in Madrid, Spain, March 2004, the Spanish Royal Family inaugurated the memorial in memory of the victims. FAM, a group of young architects in Madrid, designed a glass envelope with an oval footprint on top of the subterranean visitor …