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Architonic Concept Space IV has been developed in FluidSolids®, an innovative new material by Beat Karrer

Architonic doesn’t do things by halves. For its Concept Space IV – the latest in a series of technologically innovative and architecturally led fair stands installed at the best design events internationally – it commissioned leading Swiss designer Beat Karrer to create an physical environment that is both structurally and materially striking, as well as ecologically smart. The result: a new kind of presentation space embracing a brand new material technology – FluidSolids®. (more…)

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The Making of Architonic Concept Space IV

Posted by Susanne Fritz on 10.04.2012 - Tagged as: , , ,

Mold of an element for Architonic Concept Space IV

The Milan fair provides the ideal setting for the premiere of Architonic Concept Space IV. And this will be a global first because never before has the FluidSolids® material, developed over many years and patented by the prestigious Swiss designer Beat Karrer, been processed at into a product.


Visit us during this year's Salone Internazionale del Mobile at our Concept Space, located in Hall 15, Stand C29

Business cards? Check. Sneakers? Check. Paracetamol (for those pesky post-cocktail-party hangovers)? Check. Looks like you’re all set to go for this year’s edition of the mother of all design fairs, the Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milan.

One more essential item to take with you or pick up while you’re there is the Architonic Guide Milano 2011. It’s available as a PDF download and as an iPhone/iPad app, or in hard copy from the stands of manufacturers who feature in it. So there’s no excuse.

For the first time, Architonic is pitching up at this year’s Salone with its striking Concept Space III, designed by renowned process designer Oskar Zieta. You can find us at the fair grounds in Hall 15, Stand C29. We’d be thrilled to see you there and talk you through our latest services for manufacturers, specialist retailers, agents, architects, designers and design-lovers.


Download the Architonic Guide print version here as a PDF

Download the Architonic Guide App for iPhone and iPad here

Architonic Concept Space III, two storeyed for the first time, photo by Gerry Amstutz

With this year’s Architonic Concept Space the Zurich based architect and process designer Oskar Zieta wanted to underline the architectural potential of his FiDU technology – a process, whereby metal panels, cut into shapes and welded, are inflated under high pressure, forming three-dimensional elements.

At this year’s Orgetec he topped his demonstration by mounting a second storey.


Forster Küchen at Designers' Saturday

On 6 and 7 November 2010 Designers’ Saturday will be held for the thirteenth time in Langenthal, Switzerland. 71 international selected companies and 12 Cartes Blanche holders, independent designers and design colleges, will showcase projects and products within eleborate and extravagant installations – this is what the Designers’ Saturday is famous for. Find here some illustrations of the most promising exhibitions, not to mention the Architonic Concept Space III by Oskar Zieta, which will be presented for the last time at a fair.


Architonic Concept Space III by Oskar Zieta

Architonic Concept Space III by Zieta Prozessdesign, photo by gee-ly

It is done.

After the last modifications and a tough production phase the new Architonic Concept Space designed by Oskar Zieta (Zieta Prozessdesign) was presented at this year’s imm cologne for the first time.

Architonic Concept Space III by Oskar Zieta, photo by gee-ly

Architonic Concept Space III by Zieta Prozessdesign, photo by gee-ly

The modular system, which consists of a number of identical and stackable geometrical spatial structures, is made up of inflated sections welded together robotically. A well-balanced equilibrium of traction and pressure forces gives the structures maximum stability. By arranging the assymatrical modules in different positions a space is created whose structural order seems to be unrepoducible but rhythmical at the same time.

Architonic Concept Space III by Oskar Zieta, photo by gee-ly

Architonic Concept Space III by Zieta Prozessdesign, photo by gee-ly

Zieta’s so called FiDU (Freie InnenDruck Umformung) technology is in many respects an especially economical process. In contrast to injection moulding, hydroforming or extrusion, all of which require elaborate and costly machines and moulds, all that FiDU needs is a die plate and a robot welder.

This year’s Architonic Concept Space III provides Oskar Zieta and his team with a platform for implementing an architectural project with this new technology for the first time.

Architonic Concept Space III by Zieta Prozessdesign, photo by gee-ly

Architonic Concept Space III by Zieta Prozessdesign, photo by gee-ly

Thanks to our partner and sponsor Andreas Messerli Kommunikation im Raum (project management, exhibition building and logistics) for assembling the Architonic Concept Space III.

to the ‘Making Of Architonic Concept Space’ Part I

to the ‘Making Of Architonic Concept Space’ Part II

to the Zieta Prozessdesign website

to the gee-ly website

to the Messerli website

Prototype, 1:1 scale

Prototype, 1:1 scale

The final design has been ready since the New Year, and production began one week ago. Architonic Concept Space III, designed by Oskar Zieta (Zieta Prozessdesign) and the CAAD faculty at the ETH Zurich will be celebrating its premiere to coincide with the opening of this year’s imm cologne on 19 January. In the second part of our ‘Making of’ report we would like to provide you with a few more insights into the manufacturing process.

Building the final prototype

Building the final prototype

It has to be modular and adaptable to varying stand sizes, easy to set up and dismantle time and time again, convenient to transport on a single truck etc. – this was the challenging briefing for the Architonic Concept Space. For Zieta it was an ideal opportunity to offer an initial demonstration of the versatility of his FiDU (Freie InnenDruck Umformung) light construction technique in an architectural context. This highly flexible technology, in which precision-cut and welded sheet metal sections are blown up under high pressure to form three-dimensional shapes, could almost have been created specially for this demanding task.



The result is a modular structure consisting of identical, inflated sheet metal modules. Depending on the stand size they can be placed next to one another, behind one another and even on top of one another. The core of the entire construction is the connecting points which bind the whole structure and distribute the forces involved across the supports and cross members, stabilising it in all directions.

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For technical support contact Alfred Giolai Making of the Architonic Concept Space III by Oskar Zieta