Fabric roofing solution helps a grand race get grander

September 1, 2007  |  Exteriors, Features

BDP’s Aintree Racecourse redevelopment in Liverpool is a winner. By Helen Elias Aintree, Liverpool, is the spiritual home of the UK’s steeplechase community. The track is hallowed ground for many, not least because of its hosting every year of the Grand National, a challenging event know…
Digitally printed fabric creates illusion of concrete façade

September 1, 2007  |  Features, Graphics

The fabric was used when the Abteiberg Museum moved temporarily into a vacant theater. By Jake Kulju On September 18, 2006, in Mönchengladbach, Germany, the Abteiberg Museum shut down for renovations that are scheduled to continue until November, 2007. In order to keep the museum’s servic…
Temporary fabric structure decorates gallery lawn

September 1, 2007  |  Landscapes

In early July, the lawn next to the Serpentine Gallery in London’s Covent Garden neighborhood featured a temporary fabric structure designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Zaha Hadid and Patrick Schumacher, partner in her namesake firm. More than 5m tall, the structure consisted of three …
Two innovative fabric structures used for racing

September 1, 2007  |  Exteriors, Features

Temporary digs for the annual Cartier Polo Silver Cup in Switzerland, and headquarters for the China-France team for the America’s Cup yacht races in Valencia, Spain. Alpine splendor Gstaad, Switzerland, may not command the international diplomacy attention that Geneva or Zurich regularly do; …
Tents house interior work areas at Google offices

September 1, 2007  |  Interiors

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 soundproo…
Architectural structures comprise NASCAR “fan zone” in Vegas

September 1, 2007  |  Features, Landscapes

A new Las Vegas motor speedway is a crowd pleaser. By Mason Riddle Gentlemen, start your engines. NASCAR fans, you check out the new Neon Garage. Over the roar of those engines, NASCAR fans at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (LVMS) could not be more ecstatic. Why? In March 2007, at the UAW-DaimlerChrysler …
Colorful canopy adds interest and function to funky façade

September 1, 2007  |  Exteriors, Features

By Jake Kulju Designed to enhance and reflect the unique quality of the building it is attached to, this dual-arch entrance canopy fulfills the sometimes-difficult conditions of pragmatic art. Manufactured and installed by Boree Canvas of Jacksonville, Fla., the canopy sits on four 3-in. schedule pi…
SLVDesign wins design award for buildings lined with felt

September 1, 2007  |  Interiors

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 …
Tensile fabric reigns in recent interior projects

September 1, 2007  |  Interiors

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 …
Green architecture and sustainable design

January 1, 2007  |  Case Studies

How green architecture and sustainable design relate to fabric structures. By Nicholas Goldsmith For millennia people have worshipped the sun for its warmth, its light and its capability for producing food. In modern times we have come to take the sun for granted. The Earth is solar powered yet we a…