The United World College Swimming Center needed a canopy. Structurflex met the challenge of a tight budget and strict local building regulations coupled with local temperatures reaching over 104 degrees Fahrenheit (40 degrees Celsius).
Swimmers could easily keep cool by taking a dip in the pools, but spectators had a much more difficult time with the hot sun beating on their necks. Structurflex responded when United World College needed a cost-effective solution that would keep its spectators cool and comfortable for swimming and diving events.
The canopy Structurflex created provides shade from the sun and protection from heat, while still allowing light to pass through. The white membrane reflects 80 percent of the sun’s heat and acts as a diffuser for sunlight.
The structure’s cascading shade follows the grandstand’s contours adding a breathtaking and contemporary look to the swimming pool without blocking any spectators’ views of it. The structure is fully compliant with Singapore’s extremely strict building regulations.
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.
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 […]