Blur Building by Diller & Scofidio
Read here about a building that featured a tensegrity-structured frame.
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
- 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: http://www.dsrny.com/#/projects/blur-building%7Chttp://www.dsrny.com/#/projects/blur-building