Tensile - The New Design Vocabulary in Structure and Architecture

Tensile The New Design Vocabulary in Structure and Architecture

Tensile has its roots in Ancient History

The history of tensile structures and tent-type housing, is as old as mankind itself. Leaves, barks leather and felt, existed much before fabrics.

The Ancient Egyptians were probably the first civilization to use pieces of fabric for shade. They also found sails useful for harnessing the power of the wind to travel in sailing boats from 3,500 BC.

Equipped with a Master's in Membrane Structure, from Germany, Bhavini Mistry Jotani, M Archineer, engineers all design projects under the uniquely named Ahmedabad based Freitagmann, which specializes in designing, engineering and execution of light-weight structures and Innovative structures. Her views on the history of tensile forms is equally unique, "When I think of tensile, the Bedouin tents and the old Indian/arab markets with fabric roofs comes into my mind. But that is very personal and contextual," and adds "In today's times when one says tensile architecture, there is a whole new architectural language that springs up. Right from the big stadia and airport roof canopies to large span public spaces and mall-atriums."

Tensile The New Design Vocabulary in Structure and Architecture
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Today, tensile architecture represents, ease of use, light, elegant, versatile and sturdy fabric, that builders and architects endorse.

What comes to your mind, instantly, when you hear or read the word 'Tensile Architecture'? We asked some professionals using tensile fabrics with excellent, long-term results.

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New Horizons Tensile Structures
The wonder of the structures at the Beijing Olympics venues was a revelation to the scope of possibilities utilizing tensile structures in the construction world. Closer home the stadia put up for the Commonwealth Games and various cricket venues incorporated these structures Read More ...

Tensile Membrane Structures Emerging Trends

Tensile membrane structures are exciting, practical and cost-effective options to cover new or existing areas to provide shade and shelter. They are flexible and light weight structures and can be moulded in any shape and size to meet the specific need in given environment. Tensile membrane structures are most often used as roofs as they can economically and attractively span large distances. They can also act as canopies, skylight, and covered walk- ways, shading systems or atrium roofs,... Read More ...
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