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Inspirational Architecture

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:

Grand Union Canal Bridge in Paddington Basin

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.

Grand Union Canal Bridge in Paddington Basin

We love the elegant visual drama created through this functional and sculptural design.

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 in Hierkinn

The Norwegian Wild Reindeer Centre Pavilion in Hierkinn

This simple design utilises natural materials and forms to create a welcoming interior that reflects its environment and surroundings

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.

Alhóndiga

 Alhóndiga

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.

Ikea Flat Pack

 Ikea Flat Pack

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.

If we’ve got you inspired to create a beautifully designed exhibition stand to market your business, check out our portfolio of stunning exhibition stands and review our  bespoke services now.

 

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