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levitating bridges - Olivier Grossetete

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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.

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.

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.

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…

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

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”

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.

"-Et qu’aimes-tu extraordinaire étranger?
-J’aime les nuages… les nuages qui passent… là-bas… les merveilleux nuages!"
Charles Baudelaire, Le Spleen de Paris (1961)

Andy Warhol, Silver Flotations, 1966 (Film de Willard Maas)

Ballons de Mylar gonflés d’un mélange d’air et d’hélium

Frei Otto, maquette d’étude en bulle de savon pour le Tanzbrunnen, Cologne 

Frei Otto, maquette d’étude en bulle de savon pour le Tanzbrunnen, Cologne 

"To work with a minimal amount of materials using a minimum of energy, this can lead to a new architecture of lightness."
Frei Otto
Vladimir Shukhov, Shukhov Rotunda, 1895
Premier toit membrane sur lattis acier

Vladimir Shukhov, Shukhov Rotunda, 1895

Premier toit membrane sur lattis acier

Frei Otto, Mannheim Multihall, 1967
Structure lattis bois + toile PVC

Frei Otto, Mannheim Multihall, 1967

Structure lattis bois + toile PVC

Shigeru Ban, Japan Pavilion construction at Hannover Expo, 2000
Structure de tubes de carton liés

Shigeru Ban, Japan Pavilion construction at Hannover Expo, 2000

Structure de tubes de carton liés