New horizons with Tensile Structures

New horizons with Tensile Structures New horizons with Tensile Structures


What's the common link between the gossamer woven spider's web, a circus tent, the sleek bus shelter and graceful lines of the luxury hotel sit-out areas? Engineering feats, architectural design or just plain creativity? It is really all of these. Explore the fresh construction options offered by tensile architecture and structures, invites Varsha Trehan.

New horizons with Tensile Structures New horizons with 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 to keep the spectators comfortable. The concept is not new but the technology, material, and design innovations definitely are.

New horizons with Tensile Structures
"Tensile membrane structures are complementary to conventional methods of construction, and can be easily combined with steel, aluminum, wood, concrete, etc. Being lightweight, it can be easily integrated into your existing structural details, and are aesthetically also quite appealing, due to the possibility of flowing and dynamic forms," explains Mr Ravi Mehta, Director, Sujan Impex.

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Tensile - The New Design Vocabulary in Structure and Architecture

Tensile Structure and Architecture
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 Read More ...

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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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