The Flying Mast

(insane in the membrane...)

The Japanese Pavilion for Expo 2010

(Source: designboom)

Japan Pavilion is a 24 meters high construction of double-layer ETFE cushions mounted on a lightweight steel frams. With its approximately 6,000m² plot It will be among the largest of all foreign pavilions at Expo 2010 Shanghai China.

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December 21, 2009 - 12:13 PM Comments: Closed

The “Sun Valleys” at the World Expo 2010


(Source: People's Daily Online)

(Source: People's Daily Online)

This is the first of six 40 meters tall cone-shaped canopies named “Sun Valleys” that are being built in Shanghai for the 2010 World Expo.
The “Sun Valleys” will be distributed along the Expo Axis, a multi-story 1 km long and 110 meters wide promenade providing commercial, catering, entertainment, and exhibition services for the millions of visitors expected to attend the forthcoming event.

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(Source: People's Daily Online)

This covered pedestrian walkway will be the main entrance to the Expo site and will connect with four major pavilions through the elevated platform and underground passages. With its nearly 250,000 square meters, it is the largest structure being built for the venue.

(Source: People's Daily Online)

(Source: People's Daily Online)

Above the Expo Axis the giant light membrane roof will look like, as the organizers promis, “white clouds floating in the blue sky”.

The steel and plastic “Sun Valleys”, as the name suggest, will convey daylight and air into the underground level in order to reduce the energy consumed by the artificial lighting. Further, they will collect rainwater that could be recycled for irrigation and flushing purposes.

Each of these complex structures is made of approximaely 10,000 joins, all which are unique.

Sources: World Architecture News, China Daily, Inhabitat, People’s Daily Online.

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November 14, 2009 - 12:21 PM Comments: Closed

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

MIMOA

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November 10, 2009 - 8:38 PM Comments: Closed

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.

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(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.

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(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.

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(Source: Dezeen)

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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.

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(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

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.

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Almost finished...

source: Lonely_Freak

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

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