French gallery blends effortlessly into vineyard landscape

October 1, 2017

What could be more agreeable than a glass of French wine while viewing French art in the landscape of southern France, a landscape made famous by the 19th-century Impressionist/proto-Cubist painter Paul Cézanne? This conflux of ideal conditions melds perfectly in the recently completed Château La Coste Art Gallery, a new venue for viewing artworks while …

Tensioned awning

February 1, 2017

Beachfront golf anyone? Overlooking a pristine beach that stretches along the northeast coast of New Zealand, Tara iti Golf Club has been positioned as the premiere private golf club in the country. Located on a former pine tree plantation, this exclusive club oversees a landscape that has been cleared and restored to a native dune …

‘Fly’ bridge

September 1, 2015

Fabric sails add shade and aesthetics to pedestrian bridge. The Galveston Street Bicycle and Pedestrian Bridge in Chandler, Ariz., offers walkers and bikers a safe route over Arizona State Route 101. Completed in January 2014, it is laid out in a sleek S-curve and includes elements of fabric sails along its length. The sails mirror …

Lessons in community, ecology

July 1, 2015

Fabric roof hovers over spaces used for environmental teaching. By Kathy Carlson The Longbush Ecosanctuary protects native plants, birds and wildlife in a rare lowland bush near Gisbourne, on New Zealand’s eastern coast. Longbush Ecological Trust wanted an inviting environmental education space to serve as a symbolic gateway to the 296-acre sanctuary and commissioned architect …

Floating on the land

September 1, 2013

ETFE is the solution for a lively French resort. By Frank Edgerton Martin Located in Neydens, France, Vitam’Parc is a 50,000 square meter tourism destination that is part spa, part sports center, and part shopping mall. Its New Age offerings include: meditation rooms, climbing walls, a water park with various indoor and outdoor swimming pools, …

Spinning the web of a structure

May 1, 2013

New digitally-driven technology explores what it means to build buildings. By Marc Swackhamer In November 2012 the Institute for Computational Design (ICD) and the Institute of Building Structures and Structural Design (ITKE) at the University of Stuttgart, led by Professors Achim Menges and Jan Knippers, completed the fabrication and installation of a unique fiber-woven pavilion. …

Fabricating an art-filled forest

Finding a way through the woods via fabric gateways. By Mason Riddle GuildWorks: Architecture of the Air, a team of creative types based out of Portland, Ore., makes their client’s life easier by designing all manner of fabric installations for spaces and events, large or small, temporary or permanent. One project of note is GuildWorks’ …

Ecologies revealed: woven mesh replaces zoo fences

January 1, 2012

Woven mesh helps the Auckland Zoo make fences disappear By Frank Edgerton Martin Opened in 2011, Te Wao Nui exhibit at Auckland Zoo offers an immersive and intimate experience of some of the Southern Hemisphere’s most beautiful and rare ecologies. Like many other new zoo exhibits around the world, woven metal mesh plays a leading …

Green roofs and regenerative design

September 1, 2011

Paul Kephart’s vision for regenerative design: Living architecture that does many things at once By Frank Edgerton Martin In every generation, some of the most innovative thinkers in landscape ecology come from outside the formal design disciplines. Paul Kephart, founder of Rana Creek Studio in Monterey, Calif., is one such inventor. Originally a landscape painter, …

Geotextiles help save a Toronto park

A plan to rework the Don River Park near downtown Toronto uses geotextiles to remediate soil and drainage problems By Adam Regn Arvidson A new neighborhood is growing on 24 hectares of former industrial land near downtown Toronto. Called the West Don Lands, it will be home to 6,000 housing units, office and retail buildings, …