Textile roofs: State of the art at Techtextil 2015

Textile roofs: State of the art at Techtextil 2015

Techtextil in Frankfurt, Germany, is the leading international trade fair for technical textiles and non-wovens. The complex industry, with its countless products for industrial-manufacturing processes, will once again be taking the stage from 4 to 7 May 2015, offering architects the best chance to learn about the application of high-tech textiles in building construction. Roofs are the classic area of application. Read
The Intelligence: Architonic’s new Trend Analysis series

The Intelligence: Architonic’s new Trend Analysis series

It’s natural to compare. We all do it. Call it human nature. When such sizing-up is motivated by dissatisfaction or inadequacy, it’s probably not such a healthy activity. But if it’s underpinned by a desire to take stock, to see where you stand amongst your peers and how you can improve, it can reap reward. And when it has a clear business benefit, so much the better.
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A high-temperature laboratory for glass and light

A high-temperature laboratory for glass and light

The name of both the company and the brand is labo crème brûlée. It's a name which suggests fire and flames, and Christian Seltmann, his wife Tania Theler Seltmann and his brother Philipp are full of burning enthusiasm for their new project. The fourth generation of a porcelain-manufacturing family from Franconia ‘felt like doing something new’, which led to the establishment of their company in Majorca in the year 2009. However, since 2013 the firm has had its HQ and production facilities in Berlin. Here, they occupy a top location in a historic coach house between Mommsenstrasse and Kurfürstendamm, where there is also a showroom.
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Hélène Binet – Substantiating a New Practice

Hélène Binet – Substantiating a New Practice

Recognised as one of today’s foremost architectural photographers, Hélène Binet works exclusively with analogue film. Fostering a style all her own, The Franco-Swiss artists has captured some of the past quarter-century’s most monumental projects – working with the likes of Chipperfield, Eisenman, Zumthor and many other contemporary masters – while also re-framing some of the modern era’s greatest gems – Aalto’s Kulttuuritalo (House of Culture, Helsinki) or Le Corbusier’s Eglise Saint-Pierre in Firminy, France.
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Textile Facades: State of the Art at Techtextil 2015

Textile Facades: State of the Art at Techtextil 2015

Techtextil, the leading international trade fair for technical textiles and nonwovens, will open its doors in Frankfurt, Germany, from 4 to 7 May 2015. Besides countless other applications of these products in the context of industrial manufacturing processes, applications for architectural use are only one aspect – but an obviously very attractive one. Some exhibitors’ exemplary reference projects already indicate the sector's enormous range and capability. And it’s in the nature of things that, when it comes to textile architecture, it’s almost invariably a matter of highly customised solutions – sometimes the material itself, but always its specific application. Here at least, architects and manufacturers sing from the same hymn sheet, so to speak.
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