TENSILE FAÇADES

  • THE YARD AT DENARGO MARKET
  • San Antonio International Airport Consolidated Rental Car Facility
  • West Hills Medical Office Building tension facade
    WEST HILLS MEDICAL OFFICE BUILDING (MOB 1) FAÇADE
  • NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY
  • RICE UNIVERSITY - CAMBRIDGE OFFICE BUILDING GARAGE
  • AIRBUS, TOULOUSE-BLAGNAC AIRPORT
  • Taubman Complex, Lawrence Technological University
  • DENARGO II PARKING GARAGE
  • HISTORIC PONCE CITY MARKET
  • US EMBASSY IN LAOS OFFICE BUILDING AND ENTRANCE CANOPIES
  • MERIGNAC-CAP ROUX RESIDENCE
  • KCPL Canopy and Facades
  • Nicklaus Children's Hospital
  • DAILY'S PLACE AMPHITHEATER AND FLEX FIELD
  • MIAMI MIDTOWN 5 TOWER
  • SOBRO TOWER GARAGE
  • Corner of Crocker Park parking garage
    CROCKER PARK
  • Tensile Facade | The Crossing | Christchurch | Structurflex
    The Gateway
  • SAFRAN PARKING GARAGE
  • IOWA UTILITIES BOARD (IUB) & OFFICE OF CONSUMER ADVOCATE
  • MILWAUKEE PROFESSIONAL OFFICE BUILDING GARAGE
  • DES MOINES AREA COMMUNITY COLLEGE (DMACC)
  • Prariefire at Lionsgate
  • BARTLE HALL CONVENTION CENTER
  • IMAGINE SPRINGS SCHOOL
  • ASB TENNIS ARENA
  • The George

What Are Tensile Façades?

Tensile Facades (also called textile, fabric or flexible facades) are an innovative, long lasting, cost effective alternative to traditional metal mesh façade screens. They cost approximately 50% of a metal mesh/ perforated metal façade. Additionally, this exterior “2nd skin” building system acts as a screening or shading device.  Tensile Façades can come in various forms and shapes and can span great distances with less structural support than traditional materials.  It typically consists of a clean modern aluminum framing system, custom steel brackets (if required) and a cladding material that is either a tensile mesh, tensile membrane or tensile clear foil (Coated-PES, PTFE Fiberglass, or ETFE Foil).  Many manufacturer cladding materials are 100% recyclable and have a minimum of a 10-year warranty and 18 to 30-year life expectancy.

The most popular application for a Tensile Façade is utilizing a Tensile Mesh Façade Screens for the following:

  • Buildings (Solar/Shading Façade Screenings)
  • Parking Garages (Large Span Facade Screening)
  • Stadiums (Large Span Screening/Branding)

BUILDING FACADES: On a façade of a building over glazing or windows, Tensile Mesh Façade Screens provide a very attractive aesthetic while reflecting solar heat, reducing glare, maintaining daylighting and visual transparency.  This is a very green way of saving money on energy costs as well as installation costs.  There is a project in Los Angeles where the owner has documented they have saved over $60,000 (USD) annually since 2005 in energy costs due to adding  a Tensile Mesh Façade Screens over the exterior windows.  That was $660,000 savings over 11-years which is a significant savings that paid for itself in just a few years.  The Tensile Mesh Façade Screens also regulated the temperature inside of the building since the solar heat from the sun did not over heat one end of the building on while the other was too cold.

PARKING GARAGE FACADES: For an application on a parking garage or stadium façade Tensile Mesh Façade Screens are ideal because we can span great distances with less structural support,  screen the typical ugly parking garage, it will reduce the light pollution from internal cars and light fixtures and also maintain the classification of an “open” parking garage and not require expensive mechanical ventilation systems.  Structurflex can also fabricate creative mosaic of different colored meshes that are welded together or provide printed graphics with UV-inks to provide branding or celebrate the arts with creative design.

WHAT WE DO: At Structurflex we like to get involved early in the design and engineering of your project to keep cost down and ensure a successful installation.  We handle façade projects turn-key, including embeds, custom structural steel (if required), aluminum framing and the tensile cladding material.  Contact us today for assistance, details, specifications, samples and of course installation costs for projects all over the world.

BENEFITS

  • Economical Alternative to Metal Mesh or Perforated Metal
  • Innovative Shading/Screening
  • Dramatic Energy Savings
  • Green/100% Recyclable*
  • Maintain Visual Transparency
  • Opaque During the Day, Transluscent at Night
  • Breathable/Lightweight
  • Changeable Building Graphics/Branding*
  • Proven 25+ Year Life Expectancy*
  • Modern Look/Clean Clamping Details

*Depending on type of mesh

APPLICATIONS

  • Building Sun Screens
  • Stadium Screening/Branding
  • Parking Garage Screens
  • Surface Mounted
  • Cantilevered (Custom Structural Steel Brackets)

EFFECTS

The effects of heat and light with tensile façades

For more details contact info@structurflex.com

BLOG

KieranTimberlake: Printed Tensile Cladding at Rice Unversity

We are pleased to have collaborated with KieranTimberlake and the outfit of a parking structure on the Rice University Campus. In their blog post, they describe the concepts they employed to create an iconic sculptural element. For more details see the KieranTimberlake blog post.

The Increasing Importance of Durability

While tensile fabric has several distinct advantages over more traditional materials like glass, one of the most important may be its ability to withstand severe weather events. Our tensile structures and tensile facades  in Miami, Jacksonville, Houston, Fort Worth, Waco, and Atlanta did not sustain any damage or require any repair despite enduring events ranging […]

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