Suspended banners humanize expansive space

May 1, 2008

Judy Dioszegi, Designer | Green Oaks, Ill., United States Issues of architecture and space made this a complex project, which won an Outstanding Achievement Award in the interior banners category of the 2007 International Achievement Awards. Architects visually lowered the 12m-high ceiling, attempting to humanize the expansive space. Three large banners were suspended from the …

Ribbon guides visitors through aviation exhibition

Architen Landrell Associates Ltd. | Monmouthshire, United Kingdom Once a fighter station, Duxford Airspace is now home to a large collection of war-time exhibits. The “Flight Path” is an undulating, twisting three-dimensional ribbon, which won an Award of Excellence in the interior banners category of the 2007 International Achievement Awards, that passes down the length …

Emanuel Milstein: Architect as sculptor

March 1, 2008

By Mason Riddle Not every sculptor receives a personal endorsement from the likes of I. M. Pei. But that was the case with Emanuel Milstein, architect-cum-sculptor, who worked as a young architect in Pei’s office in 1958–59. In a letter dated December 3, 1959, Pei addresses Milstein’s work with exposed concrete as the designer for …

Acoustic canopy produces clear sound, clear design

January 1, 2008

By Zackery Belanger The Royal Festival Hall (RFH) opened on London’s South Bank in 1951 as a part of the Festival of Britain. On the heels of the devastation brought to the city by World War II, the Festival was a showcase for modern design, a spirit of rebuilding, and progress into the second half …

Tents house interior work areas at Google offices

September 1, 2007

Google’s new offices in Santa Ana, Calif., feature interior work areas topped by white fabric tents that efficiently direct air flow from vents above. Conference room walls are covered with the soft textured white fabric, specially treated to be flame-retardant and filled with custom soundproofing material that works better than standard products. Working with Clive …

SLVDesign wins design award for buildings lined with felt

SLVDesign has been honored with best of category in Environments in I.D. magazine’s 2007 Annual Design Review for its Drape Wall concept (FA, May/June 2006). The design is a system of multifunctional modular building units lined with industrial felt. “It’s so much more intelligent than what’s out there now,” said one of the jurors.

Tensile fabric reigns in recent interior projects

Some of the most interesting interior fabric structures are found behind (private) doors. By Ed Matson Over the past 10 years, interior tensile fabric structures have advanced greatly from the arrangements of stretched cotton stapled to wooden batons that were typical for the time. Now, with a wide range of both synthetic and natural fabrics, …