Wednesday, July 14, 2010

new user manual for repairing formwork with the emplica system

i finished the first of a set of step by step guides to formwork repair with the emplica system. you can download the pdf file here.

also produced more images of the drillbit and the usage.

Monday, July 12, 2010

The world's largest current construction projects

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McGrawHill has made an informative collection of the largest construction projects that are currently on their way. The largest of them is a land reclaiming project in egypt to reclaim desert for farming and housing.

read the full article here.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

The rock-house

Funny little House inbetween rocks in Portugal.
More info and images here

Centre Pompidou Metz

This new museum is an impressive piece of woodwork and concrete. Please especially have a closer look of the roof construction!

The world famous Centre Pompidou in Paris is known for being one of the first structures, where the architect put all pipes outside of the building. the walls are hidden behind what is usually inside a house. When it was built it created quite a noise among people. The museum has now opened a "satellite" museum in the city of metz in the north of france (the Guggenheim Museum did something similar in Bilbao, spain, to be seen here).

Well, here is the article and the slideshow about the centre pompidou metz

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Santiago Calatrava

I was still a teenager, when i first got hold of a book about Santiago Calatrava and his architecture.
Since then, i have been a fan of his work. He does things with concrete that look impossible, almost like freezing water while it pours out of a bottle. The formwork to realize his projects are amazing pieces of engineering.
Please have a look at one of his projects, the St. Exupery Airport Lyon Train station, built 1989-1994.

Of course, Calatrava's style has not changed too much over the years, but i am still amazed by what he does. one of his latest projects, the PATH Terminal in NYC is not too different from the above mentioned TGV station at Lyon's Airport.

See more of calatravas work at this unofficial website:

lucky as i am, we have a trainstation here in Zürich designed by Calatrava in 1982-1984 as well. The "Bahnhof Stadelhofen". Some information about this station here.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

The leaning Tower of Pisa is not the most leaning any more

In Abu Dhabi, a fantastically leaning structure which will later include a 5-star Hotel, is being finished.
The "Capital Gate" In Abu Dhabi leans 18 degrees towards the west. The Top is completely off center...
have a look at the beauty here:

As it happens, football is played in big structures...

The FIFA has put some entertaining Images and Infos of the Worldcup Stadiums in South Africa online. Have a look at these beauties here:

There is also a good swiss architecture blog which has some images and info as well:

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