Arthur Quarmby

Brighton Marina, 1968

In 1968, Arthur Quarmby developed three architectural proposals for the Brighton marina, testifying to the structural research he was conducting at the time: Rigid Domes is a circular  geodesic structure; Suspension Structure is comprised of a framework covered by stretched fabric; Pneumatic Structure  is composed of inflatable alveoli arranged around a central hub. The principles and forms of these  structures seem to be inspired by natural forms, such as fruits, flowers and shells. The research he conducted on inflatables in the 1960s led to his building several projects, including a pneumatic coupola of 25 m2 for the film The Touchables (Robert Freeman, 1968), a covering inflated with helium for the stadium at Wembley and a service station for Shell in Baldock.

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