Professor uses felt to create play mats for children

September 1, 2007  |  Features

A University of Minnesota professor develops a design for a children’s play piece out of fabric. By Jake Kulju John Comazzi, Assistant Professor of Architecture, College of Design, University of Minnesota, entered a competition for an open-ended children’s play piece and left with his ha…
Pavilion represents rare opportunity for architects

March 1, 2007  |  Features

Koolhaas’ 2006 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion huddled in Kensington Gardens, then went away. Each summer the Serpentine Gallery—located in Kensington Gardens, London—commissions an internationally acclaimed architect to design a temporary Pavilion for its lawn. The program is unique w…
Retractable canopy

April 1, 2004  |  Features

The Manor House Banquet and Conference Center in Mason, Ohio hosts frequent outdoor events. This freestanding retractable roof pavilion, designed by Queen City Awning, incorporates six independent telescoping fabric-covered sections that open and close to provide weather protection to the patio area…
“Cool” awning

April 1, 2004  |  Features

The headquarters of a downtown St. Louis-based graphic design firm was transformed from a bland storefront to a functional and stylish façade with the design of a distinctive, oversized awning. The 6m-by-4.6m, two-story glass, single-glazed curtain wall faced squarely west—directly into…
Awning “sculpture”

April 1, 2004  |  Features

This commercial awning project located in Little Rock, Ark. won an Outstanding Achievement Award from the Industrial Fabrics Association International. Designed for the front entrance of the Hillcrest Art Gallery, the awning was created in concert with the client’s wish for a “sculpture&…
Parkside shade structure

April 1, 2004  |  Features

Taylor’s Hill is a rapidly growing residential suburb located 25km to the northwest of Melbourne, Australia. Oasis Tension Structures was commissioned to design and construct an appealing shade structure over seating in a communal parkland and sports precinct. Ground Control Landscape Architec…
Patio canopy and soffit

April 1, 2004  |  Features

This patio canopy was designed to provide weather protection for hotel patrons while maintaining a very high aesthetic standard for a world class hotel. Concealed trusswork hides special roller curtains that can be lowered during inclement weather. Stainless steel cables keep the curtains in place, …
Canopy “break away” ties

April 1, 2004  |  Features

A fabric covered courtyard canopy at a large high-rise office complex in Houston required specially designed “break away” roof attachments. The detail involved using a combination D-ring and extra-high tensile strength nylon zip ties calculated to break at the required high winds release…
Interior toldos—sliding shades

April 1, 2004  |  Features

The new Salt Lake City Library features a simple, but effective bit of ancient technology normally found outside. A six-story interior atrium links the interior spaces of all levels of the library with the outside, including the Children’s Library located in the basement. But while the atrium …
Fabric roof drain

April 1, 2004  |  Features

Viennese architect Silja Tillner has designed a delicate retractable canopy for the Vienna City Hall courtyard that respects the historic building it covers. When the canopy is fully extended, the accordion-folds provide numerous ridges and valleys that collect rainwater. To drain the water properly…