Tension membrane construction has been widely used for many decades. Architects and engineers now recognise this type of building as the material of the future. Tension membrane shade structures are typically lightweight buildings, resulting in a more economical structure, often requiring a greatly reduced mass of foundations and steelwork. This eliminates a lot of future maintenance, as well as initial costs.
Our shade structures are manufactured from PVC coated polyester fabric or Teflon Coated Glass fabric (ptfe). A well designed and built tension membrane shade structure can often span large distances without the supporting structure used in conventional buildings. They can be designed and shaped in a way that is almost impossible or uneconomical to construct with more conventional building materials. The material can be chosen with high translucency levels or complete block out. Specialist facade fabric can be used to completely revamp a tired buildings exterior. A tension membrane shade structure is generally installed in days as opposed to conventional construction with workers onsite for months.
This type of construction is eminently suitable as a problem solving solution to many difficult sites and individual situations. Its ability to “clear-span” large areas with dramatic three-dimensional shapes allows for many exciting and aesthetically pleasing structures at an economical price. We can demonstrate how patterning for a curved membrane form is calculated, and how far the respective fabric must be compensated to prevent wrinkling or creasing and maintain its designed shape over its lifetime.