Illuminated entrance canopy

Innovative Modular Fabric Ceiling System

Written by Liam Patton on 18th April 2024 in Interiors , Tensile Fabric Architecture

In the world of modern architecture, innovative solutions are constantly pushing the boundaries of what is possible. One such revolutionary development is the Architen Lightframe, a modular fabric ceiling system designed to enhance the aesthetics, acoustics, and lighting of a space.

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Architectural PVC Polyester and its evolution over the last 20 years

Written by Liam Patton on 16th April 2024 in Materials , Tensile Fabric Architecture

In the world of technical fabrics and tensile structures, architectural PVC  polyester fabrics have played a pivotal role in transforming the way we design and construct buildings and outdoor spaces.

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ETFE cushion roof

8 reasons why ETFE foil is now a mainstream construction material

Written by Liam Patton on 16th April 2024 in ETFE

In the ever-evolving architectural landscape of the UK, the growth of tensile membrane structures has been part of a new era of innovation and design. Whilst traditional materials continue to be used, ETFE (Ethylene Tetrafluoroethylene) foil has become a key component in the construction of visually striking and environmentally friendly buildings, thanks to its lightweight and flexible nature.

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100% IRATA, 100% Safety

Written by on 25th January 2022 in Health & Safety

The installation of tensile structures is an art as much as it is a science. The complexities of tensioning membranes and cables to ensure perfect aesthetic and structural performance can only be understood by the experts.

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Inflated ETFE

ETFE Foil: A Guide to Design

Written by Amy Richardson on 11th January 2022 in ETFE


ETFE or ethylene Tetra Fluoro Ethylene is now established as one of the most exciting materials in today’s design industry and architects, contractors and clients are becoming increasingly aware of the potential it offers.

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Fabric Structure Maintenance

Tensile Fabric Structures Maintenance

Written by on 25th November 2020 in Tensile Fabric Architecture

So you have a brand new tensile fabric structure but how do you protect your investment and ensure that the structure reaches its full lifespan and remains looking as good as new? Step in the Architen Fabric Structures Maintenance Team! We’re here to offer you the full range of services to ensure that your membrane canopy continues to look and perform at its best.

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Anti-Viral Membranes: Helping to Fight Coronavirus

Written by on 25th September 2020 in Materials

Anti-Viral Membranes: Helping to Fight Coronavirus

Architen Landrell are excited to be able to offer a newly developed Anti-Viral and Anti-Bacterial membrane to help fight the spread of Coronaviruses and other winter germs. Developed by Serge Ferrari, the membrane is a major innovation as part of the fight against Coronaviruses.

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Modifying an existing fabric structure

Written by on 16th January 2020 in Installation , Tensile Fabric Architecture

Just like any piece of architecture, tensile fabric structures are built to meet a need at the time of construction, but what happens if the use of the building changes? Or an extension is built? Or a new owner wants to update the design?

Adapting and changing existing fabric structures is becoming more common as the lifespan of technical fabrics increases but it is a complicated process

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ETFE Foil: The Basics of Fritting

Written by on 1st March 2019 in ETFE , Materials

We all know that one of the major benefits of using ETFE foil is its light transmission but what happens if it lets in too much light?


In its clear form, a single layer of ETFE foil can transmit up to 85% of the light which hits its surface.

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ETFE foil roof over shopping centre

ETFE Maintenance: How to look after your ETFE Cushion Roof

Written by on 1st August 2016 in ETFE

Much like a car, your ETFE cushion roof is dependent on all its parts working to ensure the safety and ongoing operation of the system. As a result, we recommend that every ETFE installation is serviced every 6 months. Our in-house Maintenance Team are some of the most knowledgeable in the word and look after structures in the UK and across the globe.

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Architectural ETFE Foil cushions

ETFE Foil Cushions – What Do You Want to Know?

Written by on 11th July 2016 in ETFE , FAQs

As a specialist in the design, manufacture and installation of ETFE cushion systems, we get asked questions about all aspects of the product, it’s uses, practicalities and benefits.

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Olympic Legacy: Recycling Fabric

Written by on 17th June 2014 in Materials , Temporary Structures

Two years ago we were putting the finishing touches on the one of the most recognised venues in the new Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, the London Aquatics Centre. Through the financial support of Sport England, today, this venue has been transferred into a world class public swimming pool.

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Ti02: Exciting New Environmental Fabric

Written by Jason Smith on 11th October 2013 in Materials

From yurts made of animal skins, to NASA space suits made of PTFE, fabrics have evolved and changed over time and yet all suffer from some form of environmental build-up.

Architen Landrell is excited to now be designing and manufacturing with the latest in fabric technology:  PVC & PTFE fabrics coated with Titanium Dioxide (TiO2).

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Dramatic Fabric Interiors: Practical Benefits

Written by on 11th October 2013 in Interiors

Introducing fabric to the inside of any space improves the acoustics, helps with solar glare, creates a feature and can be used to define a space. This article will walk you through the benefits of  interior fabric applications.

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Tensile Fabric Architecture: An Introduction

Written by on 26th May 2012 in Tensile Fabric Architecture

Fabric structures vary vastly from other forms of building materials. Their lightweight and versatility in shape and structure provides a unique range of dynamic and exciting three dimensional options.

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Standard Structures: Frequently Asked Questions

Written by on 31st March 2012 in FAQs

Architen Landrell is pleased to offer a range of economically priced tensile fabric structures which are easy to specify and order.  Below is a list of common questions we get asked about our Standard Structures.

What fabrics can I have?

We offer a choice of PVC coated polyester and silicone coated glass cloth for all of our structures.

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Architen Landrell Manufacturing Services

Written by on 24th March 2012 in Services

Architen Landrell has worked in the industrial fabric industry for over thirty years and draws on this experience to offer a wide range of industrial services.

Adopting the same principles of project management, quality and customer service which we offer our architectural clients, Architen Landrell can provide anything from small repairs to large contract cutting and welding projects.

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ETFE Design Brief

Written by James Ward on 3rd February 2012 in ETFE , Design

Brief: To design a feature entrance canopy for a company at the forefront of tensile fabric design demonstrating the uses of ETFE

Click on the download below to read the brief.

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Fabric Sails – Using Fabric Internally

Written by on 22nd May 2011 in Interiors

If you are looking for a cost-effective, quick and easy to install fabric feature in your space that looks great, then fabric sails are the best solution.

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Silicone Glass fabric school shade canopy

Introducing Tensile Fabric Into Your School

Written by on 17th April 2011 in Education

Want to inspire your students to fulfil their potential? Need to give your children a safe and dry place to play or work? How can canopies improve the educational experience at your school?

Stylish school canopies are perfect for providing playground shade, covered external classroom space or an effective walkway canopy between

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ETFE roof over school courtyard

ETFE: an Economical Alternative to Glass

Written by on 9th April 2011 in ETFE

One of the most exciting materials in the design industry Ethylene Tetra Fluoro Ethylene (ETFE) foil has set the construction world alight with the huge range of potential applications.

The most sought after building material of the moment, ETFE foil is a high translucency fabric which is extremely practical and economical.

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Demountable Fabric Structures

Written by on 20th March 2011 in Temporary Structures

Architen Landrell is currently responsible for the installation, subsequent striking, removal from site and storage of a number of tensile structures. All have unique characteristics regarding the type of structure, the installation methodology and the environment in which these structures are erected.

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Common shapes of fabric structures

Basic Theories of Tensile Fabric Architecture

Written by Alex Heslop on 10th March 2010 in Design

Membrane structures rely on double curvature to resist imposed loads efficiently.

Imagine a flat piece of fabric.

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Developing Acoustic and Dual Coloured PTFE

Written by Lance Rowell on 10th March 2010 in Acoustic


This article describes Architen Landrell’s development of an acoustic liner for a building called Skyscape. This building was built on the Greenwich site in London as part of our Millennium celebrations and is one of the main attractions provided at the renowned Millennium Dome.

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Using PTFE Glass Cloth

Written by on 10th March 2010 in Materials

PTFE (Teflon) coated glass cloth has become established as the highest quality architectural membrane for tensile structures. The material was developed by DuPont in the 1960s and has been used for structures since the early 1970s.

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Tensile Fabric Structures and Performance

Written by Ceri Richards on 10th March 2010 in FAQs

This article will provide you with information on how tensile fabric structures perform in variety of conditions. Today’s fabric structures are built to last.


A frequently asked question is if tensiles are suitable for windy sites.

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The Materials of Tensile Fabric Architecture

Written by on 10th March 2009 in Materials

When architects and designers approach us with a tensile fabric structure idea, sometimes they know what type of fabric they want, other times, they look to us for direction.  This article provides an overview on the fabrics we design & build with. Today’s fabrics are innovative, allowing you to create iconic spaces.

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Fully insulated tensile fabric roof

Designing a Fully Insulated Tensile Fabric Roof

Written by Lance Rowell on 6th March 2009 in Insulation

It’s now possible to have a beautifully shaped fabric roof while having it perform competitively against other materials, offering excellent U-Values.

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Detailing of Tensile Membranes

Written by Alex Heslop on 5th March 2009 in Design

Load Resolution

Canopies fall into two main types, those that transfer tensile loads into adjoining structures and those containing the tensile loads within their own frame. The first type may generate large lateral loads which may result in the need for additional in existing structures.

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ETFE roof over school courtyard

ETFE: Why this Building Material is Gaining Popularity

Written by on 5th March 2009 in ETFE


Ethylene Tetra Fluoro Ethylene – not the sexiest of names, however ETFE foil is fast becoming one of the most exciting materials in todays design industry and has set the construction world alight with the potential it offers.

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