Monday, 30 January 2012

Lufthansa Aviation Center

As part of our applied design and research for the designed environment project I have chosen Lufthansa aviation centre as contemporary case study for detailed analysis. Following on from my previous post on spun concrete the Lufthansa aviation centre in  Frankfurt provides a recent example of spun concrete columns with impressive load bearing capacity. 

The building was designed by Christoph Ingenhoven and is located in the prime location where the intersection of the ICE high speed rail link and two highways meet Frankfurt airport. This beneficial location presented many challenges for the design because of the high noise levels. The offices were designed around a internal street scape with enclosed gardens to regulate environmental factors and to create a clean space free from road and rail omissions. 

What drew me to this case study was its use of spun concrete and 280mm long span concrete roof structure. In  the last 20 years architects and engineers have moved away from long span concrete roofs and have replaced them with either steel or composite structures. My project is going to emphasise whether there will be a shift back to long span concrete roofs with the introduction of new technologies such as fibre reinforced concrete and spun concrete columns. When the project is completed I will upload the findings in the conclusion. 

To expand on this post I'm just going to throw in a short photoshop tutorial that has been passed on to me to improve the photo for this blog and to make it a little more personal:

Open any image that you want to work on.

Choose the elliptical marquee tool (top left corner toolbar) and set the feathering to about 20pixels  (top toolbar)

Now go to SELECT and choose Inverse. Click onInverse and watch what happens on the screen - your selection is reversed or inverted.

Check the background colour is white or whatever colour you require (3rd tool from the bottom of left hand toolbar)

Now go to EDIT and click clear. Hey presto, job done!

Save your changes and rename for future use.


John Colfer said...

sent two comments

John Colfer said...

Put them up on blog if you want