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The NSA Muscle: Conversations Exploring Pioneering Projects in Digital Architecture

Screenshot. Image Courtesy of Canadian Centre for Architecture
Screenshot. Image Courtesy of Canadian Centre for Architecture

The NSA Muscle, an interactive inflatable structure built in 2003 that responded to touch and presence by changing its shape, is the latest subject explored in the Canadian Centre for Architecture's series on pioneering projects of digital architecture. Joining a roster of influential names including Peter Eisenman, Frank Gehry and Chuck Hoberman, this e-book recounts a conversation between Greg Lynn and the author of the project Kas Oosterhuis of ONL [Oosterhuis and Lénárd]. The 'breathing' structure was covered by a grid of 'muscles' that contracted and relaxed in response to external stimulus, combining commercial pneumatics and virtual control technology in new ways to prototype an new kind of interactive architecture.

Discover the story by downloading NSA Muscle for free after the break.

Acoustic Barrier / ONL

  • Architects: ONL
  • Location: Utrecht, The Netherlands
  • Architects: ONL
  • Design team: Kas Oosterhuis, Ilona Lénárd, Cas Aalbers, Sander Boer, Tom Hals, Dimitar Karanikolov, Tom Smith, Richard Lewis, Barbara Janssen, Gijs Joosen, Andrei Badescu, Maciek Swiatkowski, Rafael Seemann
  • Engineering: ONL, Meijers Staalbouw BV, Pilkington Benelux BV
  • Client: Projectbureau Leidsche Rijn Utrecht
  • Production: Meijers Staalbouw BV
  • Budget: US $6,52 M
  • Project Year: 2006

Acoustic Barrier / ONL Acoustic Barrier / ONL Acoustic Barrier / ONL Acoustic Barrier / ONL

Ekris Showroom / ONL

  • Architects: ONL
  • Location: Utrecht, The Netherlands
  • Architects: ONL
  • Lead Designers: Kas Oosterhuis, Ilona Lénárd
  • Project Architect: Gijs Joosen
  • Design Team: Ronald Brandsma, Pim Marsman, Paulina Gurak, Rafael Seemann, Arnest Boender, Gerard van den Engel, Bas de Beer, Sanne Plomp, David Milam
  • Client: Ekris Utrecht BV
  • Budget: US $8,84 M
  • Area: 0.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2007

Ekris Showroom / ONL Ekris Showroom / ONL Ekris Showroom / ONL Ekris Showroom / ONL