The close collaboration between engineers and architects creates true feats. Thin sheets of reinforced concrete, frameworks of glued laminated wood and roofs of taught steel cables give life to organic and slender structures that seem to defy the laws of gravity. Among them is the hyperbolic paraboloid, a vault the curve of which evokes a horse’s saddle or a potato crisp. Extremely rigid, its double curve enables exceptional spans.
Gravity, enemy number one of any stability issue, is tackled in all respects; in architecture it thereby seems that the artists want to suspend diaphanous shapes from the sky forming new spaces to which they would like to give the fleeting nature of the metamorphoses. Léon Stynen (Habitat Habitations, issue 11-12, 1958).