An introduction to tensile fabric canopies

Tensile fabric canopy from Fordingbridge

A construction of elements carrying only tension and no compression or bending, fabric structures vary vastly from other forms of building materials.

Their lightweight nature and versatility in shape and structure provides the unique capability of forming many exciting three dimensional options.

This form of construction has only become more widespread since the 1950’s, largely due to changing cultural contexts, progress in the design and the development of fabric membranes. Additionally, architects are strong advocates of the tensile form being dependent on mechanical principles and the highly efficient nature of covering large spaces.

A major advantage of fabric architecture is that very few components are required to create a structure; this can be seen in this single conic structure for Kingshurst School.

Fabric structures are not simply limited to buildings or large canopies, they are also very effective for creating entrance canopies and walkways.

Fordingbridge continue to evolve new and innovative ways to utilise tensile fabric architecture. View some more of our case studies on this website or contact us for your free, no obligation site survey where we can discuss concepts and ideas.

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