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Table of Contents
                            PORTABLE ARCHITECTURE
Copyright Page
Contents
Preface to the First Edition
Preface to the Second Edition
Preface to the Third Edition
Illustration Acknowledgements
Introduction
CASE STUDIES
PART I: Role Models
	Chapter 1. Renzo Piano Building Workshop
	Chapter 2. Tadao Ando
	Chapter 3. Future Systems
	Chapter 4. Festo
	Chapter 5. TAG McLaren
PART II: Problem Solvers
	Chapter 6. Lorenzo Apicella
	Chapter 7. Alec French Partnership
	Chapter 8. Nicholas Grimshaw & Partners
	Chapter 9. Buro Happold
	Chapter 10. Branson Coates
	Chapter 11. Eduard Böhtlingk
PART III: Specialists
	Chapter 12. FTL Design Engineering Studio
	Chapter 13. Mark Fisher
	Chapter 14. Maurice Agis
	Chapter 15. NASA
	Chapter 16. Weatherspace Resources Ltd.
Selected Bibliography
Index
                        
Document Text Contents
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PORTABLE
ARCHITECTURE

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before, partly because they were British architects
working with mainly British contractors in a
foreign country, but also because part of the archi-
tect’s role was to act as the client’s representative,
almost to the point of becoming part of the client’s
organisation during the construction period.
Bryden had his own office in the IGUS factory for
the duration of the contract. A German consultant
site representative (Buro Weiss), called a bauleiter,
was used to smooth the differences between archi-
tects’ responsibilities in Germany and the UK and
a German Verdingungsordnung für Bauleistungen
(VOB) building contract was used.

The unprecedented flexibility required for the
design added greater complexity to the construc-
tion process. Though this was a central part of the
architects’ concept, its employment in every detail
of the design was enthusiastically supported and
even driven further by the client, who constantly
sought the most flexible solution to detail design

issues. The designer was constantly asked to reject
‘special’ situations which could not be met within
the modular system. For example, a loading bay
door with its particular problems of dock levellers
and different opening sizes was originally to be
solved with non-replaceable components, however,
the client insisted that it be redesigned so that it
could be relocated anywhere into the standard
cladding module. A removable secondary structure
was therefore designed to fit into the standard
system to provide the extra strength and fixings for
a movable door surround.

Though design procedures were more complex,
actual assembly systems became simpler. As the
design was refined to allow for easy movability,
careful attention to detail meant that the hybrid
building procedures that utilised standard products
in conjunction with specialised components caused
no special problems. All phases of the building have
so far been completed on time and on budget.

IGUS Factory, Porz Lind, Cologne, Germany 131

CASE
STUDY

08

Fig. 8.8 The first phase of the building was built with
two masts and one and a half courtyards complete.

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The erection of the building required no special
operatives. A project manager from the manufac-
turer was involved in the erection of the prototype
and communicated his experience initially to the
designers, and subsequently to the commercial

team of cladding fixers on site. Factory workers
were instructed in disassembly and assembly proce-
dures for future changes. These have already taken
place in the existing operational phases without
significant problems. Despite the client’s enlight-

132 Portable Architecture

Fig. 8.9 Internal view. The factory floor is completely clear of services which are distributed at roof level.

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Levete, Amanda, 63
Liddell, Ian, 31, 137, 138
Lightweight Structures Unit, 27, 28
Lignano, Giuseppe, 8
Littlehampton Welding, 61
Liverpool Biennial of Contemporary Art, 8
Logistical procedures, alternative, 7
LOT-EK, 8, 9
Lovell, Mark, 117
Lunar habitation strategy, 242–251
Lunar Outpost Project, 244
Lunar Outpost Rotating Lander Concept, 246

McDonnell Douglas Astronautics, 62
Machine tent, 20
Mackintosh, Charles Rennie, 99
Made-Up Textiles Association (MUTA), 144
Magic Box project, Renzo Prano, 42
Magnesium alloy frame, 250
Manning Portable Colonial Cottage, 34
Markies mobile dwelling, 5, 161–172
Marquee tents, 20, 176
Mear, Roger, 138
Mellor, David, 117
Memorial Fund for Disaster Relief, 207
MG Mclaren, 175
Millennium Experience, UK, 5, 31, 32, 150
Missing Link, 202
Mitsui Engineering and Shipbuilding Company, 7
Mobile Cadillac Theatre, 181–186
Mobile Entertainment Centre (MEC) Arena,

139–143
Mobile Expandible Container Camp (MECC),

264, 265
Mobile Work Camp (MWC), 264, 265
Montague, Stephen, 232
Multiplex, 167, 168
Murata, Yutaka, 73
Museum of the Moving Image (MoMI), 61–70

NASA, 6, 241–257
inflatable lunar habitat, 247–251
habitat facilities, 245
space station project, 25, 26, 62
international space, station, 242
TransHAB project, 241, 252–257

National Film Theatre, see Museum of the Moving
Image

New York Philharmonic/Metropolitan Opera, 175,
177

New York Public Schools Authority, 24
Nextel, 257
Nicholas Grimshaw and Partners (NGP), 5,

125–135

Nissen Hut, 260
Nixon, David, 62
Nomex, 255

Office of Mobile Design, 30
Oil rig, workers accommodation, 7
Oliver, Paul, 13
Olympic Games, 175, 185, 195–199
Orbital Transfer Vehicles (OTV), 245
Osaka Expo 1970, 40
Ove Arup and Partners, 6, 39, 69
Oyster House, 149

Park, Jonathan, 201, 202
Parkinson, Alan, 17, 18
Pavarotti in the Park, 181
Peabody Trust, 16
Pearce Construction, 117
Pendleberry, Nick, 234
Piano, Renzo, and Peter Rice, 16
Pier Six Concert Pavilion, 176
Pink Floyd, 201, 205–212
Planetary Surface Systems Office, 241
Platypus ground anchors, 183
Pneumatics, 72, 151
Pneumatic muscle(s), 72–73
Polyamide, 73
Polycarbonate, 28, 40, 45, 93, 113
Polycastle project, 7
Polyconfidence project, 7
Polyester, 28, 167, 176, 179
‘Polytherm’ mass insulation, 261
Popmart, 201, 212–218
Portable Construction Training Center (PCTC), 30
Portable exhibition project, 99
Portakabin, 16, 46
Powerhouse::UK, 5, 149–159
Price, Cedric, 202
Proctor and Stevenson, 117
Progressive Architecture House, 15
Project 115 (Future Systems), 63
PTFE, Polytetrafluoroethylene, 31, 33, 65, 139
PVC, 17, 18, 232, 234

coated polyester material, 179, 185, 188
membrane, 20, 140, 152
PVDF-coating, 115, 181
transparent, 167

Pyrotechnics, 223

Quickway Metal Fabricators, 175

Radha Soamy Satsang Beas (RSSB) Shelter, 137,
143–148

Rapoport, Amos, 13

Index 273

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‘Reflectix’ bubble packs, 261
Regal Princess (cruise ship), 40, 41
Renzo Piano Building Workshop, 4, 39–49
Rotterdam Design Prize, 169
Rice, Peter, 6
Richard Rogers Partnership, 11, 31, 62
Ringling Brothers, 225
Role models, 4
Rolling Stones, 201, 202–205, 225
Rossi, Aldo, 54
Rotunda Building, Yokohama, 52
Rowell, Lance, 144
Rudofsky, Bernard, 34
Russell Organisation, 99, 111

Sasakawa International Center for Space
Architecture (SICSA), 242

Scarfe, Gerald, 207
Scott, Ridley, 202
Sears Simplex Portabel Cottage, 34
Sheerfill, 33
Sheetfabs, 201
Shelter After Disaster (book), 34
Shinto Ise Shrine, 52
SHS Steel, 154
Siegel, Jennifer, 29
Smith Quartet, 234
Solar system, 134
Sony JumboTron, 223, 224
Space Exploration Initiative (SEI), 242
Space station project, see under NASA
Spaceplace installation, 242
Sprite Musketeer, 17
StageCo BV, 201, 226
‘Stay Time Extension Module’ prototypes, 247
Steel, 28, 120, 146, 152
‘Steel Wheels’ stage set, 202, 205
Stratton Homes, 15

Tado Ando, 4, 51–60
TAG McLaren, 5, 14, 85–96
Taikobashi, 54, 57
Takeyarai, 54
Teatro del Monde, 54
Technology transfer, 7
‘Temporary Living’ competition, Almere, 163
Tensegrity system, 144
‘Tensyl’ CAD programme, 32
Tent, Bedouin, 1
Thallemer, Axel, 71, 72–80
The Man-Made Future (book), 7
‘The Wall’ stage set, 207, 208
Thomas, Neil, 100, 201, 202
Tipi, North American, 1

Tobishima Corporation, 51
Tolo, Ada, 8
Tomcat, 201
Town and County, see Russell Organisation
Trafalgar House Construction Management 125,

130
TransHAB project, 241, 252–257
Transportable Maintenance Enclosure (TME),

186–195
Transportation Node (TN), 245
Trustee Savings Bank (TSB), Mobile Bank and

Hospitality Facility, 5, 102–105
Tubemasters, 117
Tube workers, 137

U2 Popmart, 201, 212
UK ’98 Festival in Japan, 11
UNDRO (Office of the United Nations Disaster

Relief Coordinator), 34
UNESCO mobile laboratory, 39, 41
US Army, 152
US Army Natick Research Laboratories, 175
US National Science Foundation, 251
US Small Business Innovation Program, 62

van den Born, Carrosserie b.v., 161
van Lieshout, Joep, 16
Vehicle design, 72
Velaglas, 75
VELOQX, 12
Vertigo Inc., 191
Visual Services Ltd., 175
Vitroflex, 80
VOB building contract form, 131
Volvo, mobile building, 111–115
‘Voodoo Lounge’ stage set, 201, 202–205

Waddington, C.H., 7
Walter Bau-Ag, 125, 130
Weatherhaven Resources Ltd., 6, 259–266
Westbury, Paul, 185
Wexler, Peter, 175
Whitby and Bird, 125
Withers, Gary, 31
‘Wizard of Oz’ touring ice show, 225

Yamamoto, Riken, 52
Yorkon, 16
Young Architects Biennial Exhibition, 161,

162
Yurt, Asian, 1

Zardoz (movie), 202
Zittel, Andrea, 16

274 Index

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