Tensile structure by Fabricon - Collier
Center in Phoenix, AZ
Luminous and airy, tensile structures create
eye catching sculptural membranes of fabric and steel to achieve
open, yet protective environments.
Tensile structures are lightweight and flexible; a versatile
design medium that allows incredible free span roofs
with interior spaces connected to the outside by their light
and openness. Translucent by day and luminescent at night, tensile
architecture provides sustainable, cost effective, and artistic
design solutions that interact with the environment.
Large span tensile structures are a true collaborative effort
between the architect, engineer, and the fabric contractor.
From the initial conceptual design, to the final shape of the
structure; once the loads are analyzed and determined, fabrics
can be chosen, cables selected, and the hardware design and
manufacturing details finalized.
Cables are often an integral part of tensile structures and
are pre stressed to the appropriate loads to tension the fabric
and prevent it from creeping. They can be provided in stainless
or galvanized steel with terminal fittings in stainless or powder
coated with any custom color. Connective fittings provide an
opportunity for a unique design statement. Together the elements
add to the marvel of the overall structure.
We fabricate membranes from state of the art materials and assist
in fabric selection by accessing the specified needs and goals
of the completed structure. Today fabrics are long lasting and
rival traditional building materials for their strength and
durability. One of the advantages of fabric is the strength
to weight ratio that allows for lightweight construction and
savings on materials. In turn, this makes tensile structure
erection swift when compared to other construction methods.
Costs vary with each project. Symmetry in the design will generally
lead to substantial cost savings. This is mainly
due to the increased difficulty that asymmetry brings to all
levels of the project from engineering to installation; however,
asymmetrically designed tensile structures, while challenging,
can produce fascinating designs and still provide the most cost-effective
solutions. Contact us with your initial project and we will
be happy to assist in finding innovative ways to make your project
a reality at affordable costs.