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A New Blog

I would like to draw your attention to this very interesting new blog about textile architecture and complex structures from my friends at QL Ingeniería – an engineering firm from Murcia, Spain. Check it out!


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November 3, 2009 - 12:53 AM Comments: Closed

Luxurious Nomadism

(Source: Dezeen)

A compact foldout canvas holiday home designed by Belgian architect Axel Enthoven and baptized “Opera” for its resemblance to Utzon’s Sydney Opera House.


(Source: Dezeen)

Although the motto chosen by the project’s creators – “Your Suite in Nature” – sounds somewhat anachronistic in the current global economic climate, and even if terms like “luxury”, “first class” and ” exclusive” have rather good-old-pre-recession-days resonance to them (not to say sarcastic), I have to admit that it is a pretty cool idea and an interesting interpretation of textile architecture.


(Source: Dezeen)

The design will be on show at the Design at Work trade fair in Kortrijk, Belgium, in December, and is planned to go into production in 2010.


(Source: Dezeen)


Some more info from Opera’s designer:

Multiple award-winner Axel Enthoven designs new mobile holiday home
Opera offers freedom in nature with 100 percent luxury.

is not a tent, not a caravan and not a motor home. The new mobile holiday home designed by Axel Enthoven has been christened Opera for its striking shape, reminiscent of the Sydney Opera House. The subtitle chosen is Your Suite in Nature to suggest the best of hotel rooms, but in the heart of nature in this case. The Opera allows you to stay in the most beautiful places, but with the luxury of a wine cabinet, warm-air heating, espresso bar and an enclosed teak veranda. This nomadic, contemporary living tent offers the quality of a luxury yacht combined with the outdoor feeling of camping under canvas. The Opera will be presented for the first time at the Design at Work trade fair in Kortrijk in December.


(Source: Dezeen)

The finishing touches are currently being put to the first Operas, which are being made completely by hand in Geldrop in the Netherlands. Only first class materials like hardwood, stainless steel and leather are used in production. The dimensions of the Opera are magical. When it has opened and levelled itself by electric power – inside 5 minutes and without tent pegs, stabilizer jacks and loose tent poles – what you see is a residence measuring 7 metres long, more than 3 metres wide and 3.5 metres high with every conceivable luxury: two first class and electrically adjustable beds that become one with a single simple movement, hot and cold water, ceramic toilet, LED lighting and a mobile hob and barbecue, for example, for cooking outside. An exclusive, small number of Operas will go into production in 2010.

The mobile holiday home will be supplied with what is known as the Opera Guide, which presents a selection of exclusive sites with information about good restaurants and picturesque destinations in the surrounding area.


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November 1, 2009 - 6:27 PM Comments: Closed

Michael Elion’s Pink Halo in Paris

(Source: DB online)

Michael Elion's Pink Halo

Michael Elion's Pink Halo (source: BD online)

South African architect Michael Elion designs a 560sq helium filled Halo structure that floats above the National Archives in Paris, as part of the French capital’s Nuit Blanche, the annual all-night arts festival.

The pink fluorescent-lit structure is made of Dtex high tenacity nylon fabric with a polyurethane coating and is stabilized by 12 control cables attached to 100kg concrete weights and a pulley system attached to two trucks, a car and two tonnes of sand which act as ballast.

Made of Dtex high tenacity nylon fabric with a polyurethane coating, the structure is lit with 24 fluorescent lights and controlled by a remote control winch and pulley system attached to a forklift truck, another truck, a car and two tonnes of sand which act as ballast.

Read full article on BD online.

Elion's Halo floating above the National Archives in Paris (source: DB online)

Elion's Halo floating above the National Archives in Paris (source: DB online)

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October 30, 2009 - 12:49 PM Comments: Closed

Some Recent Photos of Centre Pompidou-Metz

Here are some construction photos found on the web of the Centre Pompidou-Metz by Shigaru Ban and Jean de Gastine.


Almost finished...

source: Lonely_Freak

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October 24, 2009 - 4:01 PM Comments: Closed

Special Mention Prize at the 10th Student Competition “Textile Structures for New Building 2009″

Arch. Erez Amitay and Eng. Iago Gonzalez Quelle win the Special Mention Prize in the Macro Architecture Category at the at the tenth student competition “Textile Structures for New Buildings 2009” – an international competition organized by Techtextil and TensiNet.

The award ceremony was held in Frankfurt am Main at the Congress Center Messe Frankfurt on 15 June 2009.
The award-winning projects were on show in a special exhibition for the entire duration of Techtextil.

The jury guided by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Werner Sobek had commented the project like this:

The Laboratorium “Blum” by Iago Gonzalez Quelle and Erez Amitay from Spain receives special commendation. “Blum” is an amalgam of laboratory and office. The geometry of the building is conceived as an extruded helix with a square cross section. EFTE foil cushions, which are suitable for both roof and external walls, are used in a regular manner and create the homogeneity of the overall impression. The design appeals because of the clarity of the style and the care of its execution. It was the result of a first-semester project at the University of Saxony-Anhalt in Dessau.

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June 15, 2009 - 6:14 PM Comments: Closed

Mars Attack!

Breaking news:

An UFO is reported to have landed on top of a shopping mall in Dessau, Germany!

Authorities are investigating on the object’s origin. NASA has yet to comment on the incident.

Here are the first images of the object:

Further investigation reveals that “The UFO” is apparently a new architectural project designed as an eye-catching landmark for the city’s new shopping center.

This 30m long and 15m wide tensile structure consists of two layers of membrane supported on a metal frame. The upper membrane is a Ferrari Textile type II, while the lower membrane is a mesh fabric.

The project was design by Prof. Arch. Robert Off, director of IMS Institute and head of the the Master of Membrane Structures, held at the Anhalt University of Applied Sciences.

The structure was manufactured and erected by CARPRO.

The design is intended as a tribute to Junkers GmbH, the German aircraft manufacturer, founded in 1895 in Dessau, and is inspired by the shape of an aeroplane’s wing.

The above images were taken during the installation phase. The membranes are mounted on the metal frame, but still have to be tensioned.

The project is expected to be completed in the next few days.

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May 5, 2009 - 12:41 AM Comments: Closed

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