December 14, 2015 | Clare Farthing
Our mission is to create truly engaging exhibition stands that create a visual feast on the exhibition show floor. When we design an exhibition stand, we look for inspiration from many different sources, not just from within our own industry. We want the design of our exhibition stands to look best in class as let’s face it, second best just won’t do – with that in mind, why not take a look at our favourite structural picks and find out what we take from these “pleasing to the eye structures” for design ideas.
Here our some of our most inspirational architecture:
British firm Knight Architects and structural engineers AKT II have completed a moving footbridge in Paddington, London, that opens and closes like the blades of a traditional hand-held fan.
Consisting of five steel beams that rise and fall using hydraulic jacks, Merchant Square footbridge spans a 20-metre width of the Grand Union Canal in Paddington Basin, close to Thomas Heatherwick’s Rolling Bridge that curls into a ball.
The Norwegian Wild Reindeer Centre Pavilion is located at Hjerkinn on the outskirts of Dovrefjell National Park, overlooking the mountain Snøhetta. The 90 m² building is open to the public and serves as an observation pavilion for the Wild Reindeer Foundation educational programmes. A 1.5 km hiking trail leads visitors to this spectacular site overlooking the Dovrefjell Mountains.
We love the glass-floored swimming pool on the roof which playfully refracts watery light upon the bricked interior walling and the illuminated silhouettes of the bathers as they swim above. Creating movement attracts the eye
Alhóndiga is a modernist building that used to be an oil, liqueur, and wine storage facility. It was built in 1909 by Ricardo Bastida. Ten years after its opening, in 1919, a fire led to its closing. It remained closed until the present.
In 1999, it was designated as an Asset of Cultural Interest. It has been rehabilitated and transformed into an open, innovative, and sustainable construction by French architect and designer Philippe Starck.
Identifying clear objectives in your brief will help to direct our design team towards delivering a functional, practical and efficient exhibition solution.
Ikea’s flat-pack refugee shelters, which have now been tested in Ethiopia and Iraq, have been described by design critic Alice Rawsthorn as being part of “one of the most important design developments of the past decade”.
Like much of the Swedish homeware brand’s furniture products, the structures are flat-packed into cardboard boxes. They can be assembled in four hours and include photovoltaic panels, providing enough energy to power the supplied light or to charge a mobile phone.