What is Tensile Membrane Structure?
A tension structure or tensile structure is a structure that is characterized by a tensioning of the fabric or pliable material system (typically with wire or cable) to provide the critical structural support to the structure.
Tensile structures are fabricated as permanent or temporary canopy structures for commercial or public assembly, temporary event structures, modular industrial construction and landscape artwork. This unique fabric canopy strives for a light and airy look by minimizing the amount of framing and utilizing the strength of the fabric to help support the stability and equilibrium of the structure.
The flexible design aesthetic of a tensile membrane structure comes from the distinctive elegant form unique to those characteristics of membrane tension. In daylight, fabric membrane translucency offers soft diffused naturally lit spaces, while at night, artificial lighting can be used to create an ambient exterior luminescence.
Tensile Fabric structures are typically used as a lightweight roof, protective cover, car park shelter, skylight, advertisement and/or identification for stadiums, arenas, shopping malls, entrance canopy, courtyard cover, amphitheaters, stage cover, tents, and shade structures for airport and transportation depots.
Tensile structures utilize technical fabric roof membranes, a combination of catenary cables and clamping systems, and a minimal amount of framing to create proportionally lightweight structures capable of spanning great distances. Tensile membranes are available in exterior grade vinyl and woven fabrics and Teflon™ coated fiberglass. We use a high-tech PVC architectural fabric with PVDF top coat self-cleaning lacquering layer for improved UV resistance. These PVC fabrics have a lifespan equal to alternative covering materials and costed over a 25 year service life.
Tensile Fabric Structures provide great opportunities to cover outdoor spaces in a uniquely different way from traditional building methods. Offering permanent protection with minimal maintenance, tensile fabric structures are built to withstand all weather conditions. The special qualities of a tensile membrane allow for a very lightweight and elegant supporting structure, designed to fulfill client requirements efficiently and economically.