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Olympiapark by Günther Behnisch and Frei Otto (1972)

A fascinating documentary about the Munich Olympic stadium designed by Günther Behnisch and Frei Otto and built for the 1972 games.
It illustrates clearly the entire process of the planning and construction of the innovative acrylic glass canopy mounted on stainles steel cable net, that covers the main stadium and big part of the Olympic Village (Olympiapark).

Situated in northenrn Munich, it is regarded as one of the world’s most remarkable stadiums ever built (stands easily the competition with much recent and notable facilities) and an extraordinary civil engineering achievement for its time. Interestingly the form finding and structural analysis of the cable net was done using principally scaled physical models (numerical programmes came in only later).

Worth watching! (it’s not necessary to understand German…)

Part 1

…and part 2


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November 10, 2009 - 8:38 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

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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