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Sitting on the edge of the waterfront in central Dundee, a five storey curved-fronted building marks the gateway between Dundee and the rest of the United Kingdom’s rail network. Step inside the concourse and you will see the six metre high atrium lined wit a crisp, clean tensile fabric ceiling membrane designed, manufactured and installed by Architen Landrell.

Originally approached by local architects Jacobs and Nicoll Russell Studios, Architen Landrell had early involvement in developing the proposed ceiling system and how it could integrate with the wider structural design. By using a tensile fabric membrane to create the ceiling cladding, the design team were able to  create the gentle arched form without the need for any visible sub-structure. This results in a smooth, white aesthetic which compliments rather than distracts from the other clean lines within the building design.

Both acoustics and air flow within the space were important considerations and therefore a PVC coated polyester mesh was used to form the ceiling cladding. By using a mesh, this ensured that air could pass between the open atrium and the void behind the tensile fabric membrane and any changes in temperature or humidity would not create any problems with condensation. In addition, the use of a fabric mesh provided some acoustic attenuation for the large space and counteracted the otherwise ‘hard’ architectural finishes.

The modernity of the space has been widely acclaimed and fits beautifully into the wider waterfront development which Dundonians are rightly very proud of.

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