One of the main reasons architects and designers like tensile fabric structures is that fabric lends itself to creating dynamic shapes. It’s the various curves and complex geometry that make fabric structures so unique. The ingenuity and scale of external structures are limited only by your imagination.
With changes in global climate, the weather seems to be more extreme. Depending on where you are in the world, you’re either being drenched by rain or sweating it out under the hot sun. Fabric structures are an excellent way of providing usable space all year long, rain or shine.
Whether you are linking buildings, covering a courtyard or a walkway, or creating an entrance feature, external fabric structures are guaranteed to provide an environment that is light and airy. Because tensile structures are eye-catching and offer protection from the elements, people are drawn towards them – making them perfect for social spaces.
No longer is fabric seen as a ‘temporary’ building medium. Today, the fabric is recognized for its durability, flexibility, and versatility. The tensile strength of the fabric is very strong, and its lightweight makes it the perfect building material for economically spanning large spaces with minimal impact on its footprint.
Fabric is naturally reflective, and the introduction of lighting adds drama by highlighting the beautifully shaped patterns and elegantly formed framework that supports the canopy. As designers, we constantly evolve new and unique ways of designing and building with various innovative fabrics.
There is something about being under an exciting fabric structure. It’s a connection to nature, yet protection from her unpredictability.
Applications range from small shade canopies to large roofing systems, bridges, and even entire building skins.
Our products are easy to specify. Drop this clause into your architectural specification or download our full H90 Specification.
For more information on the fabric options which are compatible with this system, take a look at our Materials section. For bespoke projects or additional information, our experienced team will happily guide you through the specification of an Architen External Tensile Fabric System.
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