Architectural students at the Tokyo University of Science developed an experimental, extremely lightweight, load-bearing structure for a temporary pavilion. The 26-metre-long, up to 7,5-metre-wide and 4,25-metre-high volume is self-supporting and comprises only two kinds of component: the metal bearing elements and a space-enclosing skin consisting of an 0,7-mm membrane of elastic polyester fabric. MOOM Tensegritic Membrane Structure (Noda) by Kazuhiro Kojima
The interplay between the organic and the geometric is at the heart of the Geo-Organic category. This trend is very closely related to Geometric Form/Organic Matrix, but inverts the relationship between form and structure. Whereas the previous theme employs highly rational, primitive, geometric forms supported by a chaotic cellular internal lattice (like the Water Cube), Continue Reading
Huashan Teahouse (Huayin, China) This restaurant takes the meaning out of working for your food. Located at the top of Mount Hua, visitors must tiptoe across wooden planks nailed to the side of the mountain and then climb one of the world's steepest staircases protected by a little fence. If you make it to the restaurant... you eat for free.