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(archi)tectonic design frame • skin • space

of, relating to, or according with the principles of architecture; having an organized and unified structure that suggests an architectural design. (Merriam-Webster Dictionary)

Right: Tokyo International Forum by Rafael Viñoly, completed in 1996

Bench designed by RockerLange Architects

inter-weavings: woven support matrices; arrays; lattice works of multi-layered, complex, and flexible paths


structure: a network of connectivity; joins discrete ideas or elements into a coherent entity; is skeleton or skin, points and lines or fold contour



a lightweight framework or flexible bearing structure open to topological variations" Right: Tokyo International Forum

construction: building with discrete elements in series, linked to design decisions or intentions; putting together systems of combinable components of structure and skin, an exterior layer mediating between the interior and exterior space.

elements • components • groups • systems whole deconstructed Mercedes formula 1 car suspended on wires at an exhibition in Weybridge, Surrey

photographic collage:

Sci-Arc student work

Sci-Arc 1st year student work, competition winner

Student work from the Department of Architecture & Design, Aalborg University, Denmark

Bench designed by Frank Gehry

Study model of Telluride Residence by Frank O. Gehry, 1995

Cooper Union Building by Thom Mayne, Morphosis

Nicholas Grimshaw & Partners: International Terminal Waterloo, London 1993

Nicholas Grimshaw & Partners: International Terminal Waterloo, London 1993

Right: Ijburg Bridges 2001 2002

HSB Turning Torso, Malmรถ, Sweden by Santiago Calatrava, 2005

Detail model Stadlehofen Railway Station by Santiago Calatrava

Cutty Sark Pavilion designed by Alastair Townsend, Youmeheshe Architects (now with Bakoko) 2009

Foster + Partners Architects: Millennium Footbridge, London 1996

Samitaur Tower, Culver City, CA by Eric Owen Moss Architects

Detail left: Dome of the Reichstag, Berlin by Foster + Partners Architects

Detail right: Copenhagen Airport Terminal 3 by Vihelm Lauritzen AS, Thomas Scheel, and Søren Daugbjerg, 2001

Tectonic Frame Expressions  

Frame expressions in architecture, interior design, and installations

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