A tensile structure at the Bartle Hall Convention Center disguises an otherwise highly visible rear loading dock. Situated prominently in downtown Kansas City, the convention center’s loading dock could easily be seen from both the street and overhead, including from surrounding hotels, condominiums, and offices.
Following the modern industrial aesthetic of the convention center itself, a gridded structural configuration was designed to shield the dock from view without encasing it. Forty-three shade sails made from Ferrari Soltis outdoor fabric create an “egg crate” effect in which light and air are able to flow freely throughout the space. A total surface area of 24,000 square feet disguises the loading dock, provides shade, and creates a reflective surface that helps to illuminate the space after dark.
Kansas City, Missouri, USA
Tensile Mesh Facade Screening
Type 1a - PES Ventilated Mesh
2,229M2 / 24,000FT2
An exhibition hall that enhances the neighborhood
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 […]