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Night Identity: Using Lighting Design for a Tensile Membrane Facade

By December 21, 2017 No Comments

Tensile Membrane Facade Night IdentityA tensile membrane facade gives architects and designers a unique opportunity to create two distinct aesthetic identities for a building.  The structure’s daytime appearance can be transformed after the sun goes down with the help of well-planned lighting designs. From subtle to iconic, LED lighting can make your building’s night identity reflect the values and interests of your company, your investors, or your community.

Here are three of the most common effects achieved by nighttime lighting designs on tensile membrane facades.

Interior Illumination Effect – This effect is marked by having light passing towards the interior during the day and then having the interior illumination transmitted towards the exterior at night.  The result is a softened look inside the building at night.  Both the chosen membrane for the facade and the lighting being used can impact the opacity of the street view in order to achieve the desired effect.  This can be an incredibly valuable option for structures that are looking to better blend with the surrounding community in a more subtle way.

Advertising and Branding Effect – A tensile membrane facade provides an excellent opportunity to display your company’s branding or to advertise for another organization.  By using custom printed graphics on the membrane, lighting designers can then choose the best way to illuminate either specific elements of the branding or the entire piece.  Nighttime lighting is especially important for these types of advertising initiatives, as this light/dark contrast often makes the graphics stand out even more than it does during the daytime hours.

Iconic Artistic Effect – To create a truly unique nighttime identity, LED uplighting can be used to turn a tensile membrane facade into an iconic piece of community art.  This can be achieved through lighting design alone or in combination with customized facade shapes.  From 3D facade elements to geometric modular designs, the pairing of lighting and a tensile membrane facade can turn a property from functional into truly memorable.

Is a Tensile Membrane Facade Right for Your Project?

A tension facade is a type of tension structure that uses expanding technology to enable architects and designers the flexibility to offer alternate, affordable, and low-maintenance design solutions for a wide range of buildings.

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.  Contact one of our experts today by calling 800-422-6827.