Read here about a building that featured a tensegrity-structured frame.


Blur Building Tension Structure Framework, by Diller and Scofidio

The Blur Building was a media pavilion built for Swiss Expo 2002 at the base of Lake Neuchatel in Yverdon-les-Bains, Switzerland. From piles in the water, a system of rectilinear struts and diagonal rods cantilevers out over the lake. Ramps and walkways weave through the system, some of them providing a counterweight for the structure. "It was an exhibition pavilion with nothing on display, except for our cultural dependency on vision," said Diller.

Tensegrity, Or Tensile Structure?

A series of vertical struts were suspended by tendons from the platform. Each strut was

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Blur building.

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The building was clad in steam, avoiding the need to attached cladding to the tensile web.

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The vertical masts are visible in this view from the approach walkway.

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The mist was illuminated at night.

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Each mast held by 6 tendons. View from under the structure.

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Closeup of the base of a mast. Each of the 6 tension members is affixed with bolts.

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Plan, top view.

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Plan, side view.

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Vertical mast as seen from base.

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The building from the air, clad in mist.


  • Temporary building name: Blur
  • Location: Yverdon-les-Bains, Switzerland
  • Architects: Elizabeth Diller and Ricardo Scofidio
  • Client: Swiss National Expo 2002
  • Construction: Steel tensegrity structure, fog-making system
  • Cost: $7.5 million
  • Funding: Federal and corporate sponsorship
  • Structural engineer: Passera & Pedretti
  • Mechanical engineer: Toni Reisen
  • AV collaborators: Ben Rubin and Scharff Weisberg
  • Swiss partner: Stephan Gauer, G.I.M.
  • Architectural partners: West-8 (Rotterdam), Morphing Systems (Zurich), Vehovar/Jauslin (Zurich)
  • Project leader: Eric Bunge with Karin Ocker and Charles Renfro

Links and References

Diller and Scofidio website:
Arcspace report:

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Concepts> Arch, Bridge, Deployable, Fabric, Floor, Frame, Responsive, Pavilion, Scaffold, Tent, Textile, Wall.
Public works> Blur Building, Burning Man, Kurilpa, La Plata, Skylon, Space exploration, Jakob Torus, U of Tokyo, Underwood, BLOB, Tension Pavilion, MOOM Pavillion
Masts > Needle Tower, Warnow, Santiago, Barcelona
Designs> Shed, AA Pavilion, House, Masts by Fagerström, Otypka
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