TECHTEXTIL TALK: DR. LARS MEESS-Olsohn, HEAD OF THE TEXTILE ARCHITECTURE NETWORK
The TEXTILE ARCHITEKTURE network focuses on the multi-faceted possibilities of building with innovative textiles and their high-grade processing. We spoke with Dr Lars Meess-Olsohn, organiser of the Textile Architecture network, about the strategies of different network partners.
The world economy is in a state of flux. Markets are being redefined and new rules are coming into play. How are the members of your network preparing for these new challenges? What do you expect, what do you fear?
At present, we see no changes taking place in our sector. Historically, the German-speaking region stands worldwide for expertise and innovation in the field of textile architecture and, in view of this, we see the future in a positive light.
What are your main strategies at present?
Among the partners of the TEXTILE ARCHITECTURE network making presentations at our pavilion in Hall 6.1 are Technet GmbH and Textil Bau GmbH: Technet are software developers who have been working successfully in a special segment for architects and engineers for many years. With their software, they are able to present and evaluate form finding, static analysis, cutting development, etc. and thus serve the entire value chain from design to cutting layout for manufacturers. Textil Bau is a full-range supplier in the field of lightweight and membrane construction for textile roofs, facades and other structures, the company’s services range from advice on estimates and project development, including assistance for obtaining official approval for non-standard building projects, to assuming responsibility for the complete planning and organisational aspects as well as installation – nationally and internationally.
What are your expectations on this year’s Techtextil/Texprocess? Who do you hope to reach and what do you hope to achieve? Which information do you anticipate being able to take away with you?
Permit me to give two examples of projects that illustrate the tasks involved in building with textiles:
The subject of textile architecture is dominated by the interface between design and the engineering development by specialists. For example, the construction of a large cover for a hotel entrance, which consists of pneumatically supported ETFE foil cushions, is a project that would be impossible without the aid of a software programme such as EASY Software by Technet to calculate the foil construction and obtain a reliable prediction of load-bearing behaviour under snow or wind.
Another project being carried out by Textil Bau involves a mechanically-tensioned roof using open-mesh glass fabric from our partner Verseidag and a classic PVC-coated polyester fabric from our network partner Mehgies whereby different demands are placed on the installation and edge fastenings.
A particular emphasis of these two projects, both of which are the work of partners of the TEXTILE ARCHITECTURE network, is on lighting. Interesting in this respect is that the overall interaction of light and textiles is more noticeable although architects have not yet explored the boundaries of this interrelationship between transparency and translucence – thus, future projects are something to look forward to!
Perhaps this is one of the very subjects we will discuss with our visitors at Techtextil.