Retrofit roof on UFG building

August 1st, 2022

In 2021, the University of Florida in Gainesville decided to give a facelift to its School of Architecture building on campus, which would include a retrofitted roof to cover the existing open atrium space. The school turned to Birdair Inc., a specialty contractor for custom tensile membrane structures, to create a one-of-a-kind roofing system atop […]

Read More

New solutions in solar shade

October 1st, 2021

The SoFi Stadium’s ETFE roof provides a “fifth dimension” with an LED system embedded into the ETFE to project images and show live events from inside the stadium. These images can be seen from the air by the more than 80 million passengers traveling through the Los Angeles International Airport annually without sacrificing the transparency […]

Read More

U.S. Embassy in London honored for efficient design

April 1st, 2021

Birdair’s ETFE film is optimized to shade interiors at the U.S. Embassy in London from east, west and south sun while admitting daylight and framing large open-view portals to the outside. Its pattern visually fragments the facade while intercepting unwanted solar gain. Photo: U.S. Embassy London. The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH), […]

Read More

LA’s SoFi Stadium sets a new standard with massive roof and video display

January 1st, 2021

The 46 lower mesh panels were partially printed with graphics prior to cutting and welding, which required that the graphics align vertically across welded seams and horizontally across the aluminum frame members. Photo: Celina Tent. Featuring the world’s largest cable net roof and the world’s largest LED content playback system, SoFi Stadium, the new home […]

Read More

New airport canopies welcome travelers

May 1st, 2020

Rising 72 feet over passengers and traffic, newly constructed canopies provide protection from the elements for visitors to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Photo: FabriTec Structures. More than 107 million travelers pass through the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, making it the busiest airport in the world. With all of the traffic, airport management developed a plan […]

Read More

Innovative fabric facades

April 1st, 2020

Changing the look and function of architecture for a sustainable future.  by Bruce N. Wright, FAIA Architects are fond of describing their buildings in the metaphoric terms of the human body. The supporting structure is often referred to as the skeleton that holds it up; the enclosure (or envelope) is the skin that protects the […]

Read More

Fibers of the future

August 1st, 2019

Roughly five times lighter than a more conventional steel structure, the BUGA Fibre Pavilion was created using robotics technology that placed fibrous filaments between two rotating winding scaffolds. The process created the predefined shape of the building component, which included a lattice of translucent glass fibers onto which black carbon fibers were placed where structurally […]

Read More

Tropical greenhouse housed under ETFE dome

November 1st, 2018

Imagine entering a tropical utopia where the weather is always a perfect 82 degrees and a beautiful setting of flowers, lush greenery, ponds, waterfalls, butterflies, birds and other creatures awaits. This environment isn’t just a dream. Plans are in development to build the world’s largest tropical greenhouse under a single dome in the Pas-de-Calais area […]

Read More

ETFE roof tops wooden zeppelin at DOX Centre for Contemporary Art

July 30th, 2018

Established in a former factory, Prague’s DOX Centre for Contemporary Art has a fresh, modern sensibility. Its square corners, austere white concrete walls and large windows create an ideal backdrop for the exciting and thought-provoking works of art on display. But there is a surprise on the roof. A giant zeppelin-like structure seems to have […]

Read More

Lilienthalhaus building uses ETFE roof for natural light

April 1st, 2018

Lilienthalhaus, a new building at the Braunschweig Research Airport in Braunschweig, Germany, is named after pioneer aviator Otto Lilienthal. Known as the “flying man,” Lilienthal was the first person to successfully carry out unpowered flights. The designation is fitting; the design of the four-story building embodies the same inventive spirit as the adventurous pilot. Designed […]

Read More