Tetsuo Kendo Architects, Carbon Lace Chair, 2006
The table is made of carbon fiber.It is knitted from carbon strands together in much the same way as a sweater is knit. This carbon-made table, 5 times stronger than steel, is 2m square and 4mm thick.The table appears light and transparent like a lace tablecloth spread in the air.
Buckminster Füller & Shoji Sadao, Cloud Nine (1960)
Fuller’s exploration of housing solutions that extended above the erth’s surface are represented in this image in wich spherical clouds house floating cities. he argued that geodesic structures increase in strenght as they grow in scale and therefore have no practical limitations on their size. e calculated that when sunlight heats the air inside a geodesic sphere with a diameter of half-mile or more, the combined weight og the interior air and the sphere’s physical structure would be lighter than the atmoshpere, allowing the sphere to rise in the air. Fuller playfully referred to these flotable cloud structure as Cloud Nine. Each sphere could be designated to hover at a particular altitude and house several thousand passengers.
NASA, Echo I satelloon (1958)
The Echo balloon was perhaps the most beautiful object ever to be put into space. The big and brilliant sphere had a 31,416-square foot surface of Mylar plastic covered smoothly with a mere 4 pounds of vapor-deposited aluminum. All told, counting 30 pounds of inflating chemicals and two 11-ounce, 3/8-inch-thick radio tracking beacons (packed with 70 solar cells and 5 storage batteries), the sphere weighed only 132 pounds.
Franck Lloyd Right, Rubber Village, 1957
Nylon Airhouses pop up on a university campus in Kentucky. Made of U.S. Rubber Company’s Fiberthin, a vinyl-covered nylon fabric four times as strong as waterproof canvas yet 40% lighter in weight, domelike houses are kept up by air, pumped in by small motors. They are anchored at base by a ballast ring of sand or water…
Cermayeff & Geismarh, US Pavilion, Osaka Expo (1970)
Toit souple, supporté par une légère surpression interne
Fujiko Nakaya, Pepsi Pavilion at the Osaka World Expo (1970)
Brouillard artificiel sur dôme géodésique ”origamisé”
Diller & Scofidio, BlurBuilding (2002)
The Blur Building is an architecture of atmosphere -a fog mass resulting from natural and manmade forces. Water is pumped from Lake Neuchatel, filtered, and shot as a fine mist through 35.000 high-pressured nozzles. A smart weather system reads the shifting climatic conditions of temperature, humidity, wind speed and direction and regulates water pressure at a variety of zones. Upon entering Blur, visual and acoustic references are erased. The lightweight structure measures 300 feet wide by 200 feet deep high and is supported by four columns.
Andy Warhol, Silver Flotations, 1966 (Film de Willard Maas)
Ballons de Mylar gonflés d’un mélange d’air et d’hélium