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3D Designs: The Latest Trend for Tensile Membrane Facades

By January 11, 2018 No Comments

Tensile Membrane Facades - Newport Civic CenterTensile membrane facades have become increasingly well-known for their functional and aesthetic benefits, and the latest design trends are taking those benefits to the next level.

As a cost-effective alternative to traditional metal mesh facade screens, tensile membrane facades use durable, lightweight PVC or PTFE fabrics as a “second skin” to buildings and permanent structures.  By manipulating the framework with geometric shapes, tensioning membranes with sweeping arches, and creating pitches to otherwise simple lines, facades can transform ordinary buildings into iconic structures with stunning designs.

Explore how we used 3D design and engineering for some of our tensile membrane facade projects.

Newport Beach Civic Center Project

Tensile Membrane Facades - Newport Civic CenterThe City of Newport Beach, CA wanted to create a unique civic center building that would match the surrounding community’s coastal lifestyle and beauty.  In partnership with BCJ Architects and C.W. Driver, our team of designers and engineers created a three-dimensional curtain wall that gave the appearance of an arched sail in the wind.

For this ePTFE tensile membrane facade to be successful, the signature sail shape had to be engineered to handle 90 MPH wind loads while not acting as a sail itself.  Using 3D modeling software and building information modeling (BIM) graphics, the facade was designed with a roofline that formed a wave on the main building and strategic steel frame anchoring to support the non-symmetrical shape.  The TENARA® Fabric (by SEFAR® Architecture) completed the project with its unique, double-coated technology that provides high light transmission, the flexibility and foldability of fabric, and reliable durability.

Tension Structures completed the design, engineering, fabrication, supply, and installation of the structural steel supporting frame, ePTFE fabric membrane, clamping, and hardware of the three-dimensional curtain wall on this project.

Atlas at Carlsbad Creative Office Building

Regent Properties was looking to enhance the aesthetic appeal of its south-facing concrete wall in preparation for the sale/lease of space within the 250,000+ sq. ft. building.  In partnership with Ware Malcomb and Cushman & Wakefield, our team introduced a 286’ wide by 16’6” high tensile facade system with 3D detailing.

For this project, the property management company required adequate space between textile panels and the existing spandrel glass panels for maintenance purposes.  The team leveraged frame supported flat panels with adjustable receiver brackets and flame-retardant Serge Ferrari FT 381 Mesh Fabric with digitally applied floral graphics as solutions for the project’s functional and aesthetic needs.  To add another layer of beauty and artistry, a 46-foot portion of the facade was modified with 3D peaked framing for unique geometric detailing.

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Are Tensile Membrane Facades Right for Your Project?

In the Tension Structures Division of Eide Industries, we specialize in design, engineering, manufacturing, and installation of structurally complex and creatively challenging commercial, government, and prototype design projects.  Our expertise with tensile facade systems and tension structures supports architects, designers, general contractors, and building owners in their efforts to bring custom tensile membrane projects to life.

Explore the options for your next project by calling 800-422-6827.