April 16, 2022 D34n0

Tensile architecture and its lightweight fabric solutions are an easy choice of construction material over traditional construction methods–especially when modern tent architecture needs to Wow! the expectations of the contemporary experiential traveler. Coupled with this versatility is the outstanding durability of these structures, and textiles, particularly in remote and extreme locations–a result of tailored design, technical fabrication, and advanced engineering. Tenthouse Structures design-engineering team create tensile architectural structures with the guest experience of space foremost in mind. These high-comfort, thermally efficient textile architectural examples utilize peak-performance fabrics and components designed to endure extreme climate factors and built to withstand extraordinary environmental rigors.

TENSILE ARCHITECTURE’S DURABILITY

Tensile membrane (tensioned fabric) roofing, with its flexible spanning capability and high strength-to-weight ratio, is extremely well suited to remote wilderness hospitality applications. With a design life of 10+ years, tensile membranes perform well in a variety of conditions. The PVC fabrics at the core of textile architecture incorporate specialized UV stabilizers which protect color fastness and base cloth, slowing the rate of environmental degradation. With their high fabric integrity, tensile membranes can  withstand extreme solar exposure, changes in humidity, and fluctuating temperatures while performing in high winds, sand storms, heavy rains, and even snow. Add to this the built-in fire retardants within the PVC coating which self-extinguish when exposed to flame, and you have an adaptable “smart” construction material perfectly adapted for use in extreme climates where fire risk is a primary consideration, especially for heritage sites and protected conservation areas.

FABRICS AND FLEXIBILITY

Stretchable membrane offers another versatile fabric system suited to the outdoors. Used in conjunction with tensile, or as a free-standing structure, it offers an excellent solar barrier when applied as fly-outs and shade sails. With rapid deployment ability   and easy to disassemble, tensile architectural structures are favored for their inherent speed to market and, highly specialized site flexibility.

TENSILE ARCHITECTURE: INSULATION, THERMAL COMFORT, AND VENTILATION

In addition to structural performance solutions, The Tenthouse Structures team incorporates a number of hermetically sealed fabric systems to create thermally efficient, habitable spaces. Fabric walls, facades and blinds offer not only visual privacy but also acoustic and thermal comfort throughout a wide range of climatic and site-specific conditions. Permeable gable and mesh wall openings promote natural cross ventilation with optional blinds, offering year-round, optimal control. Noisy fabric flapping, common with more traditional products is all but eradicated by fabric systems installed under tension.

TENSILE ARCHITECTURE LOGISTICS

Another key performance factor of tensile architecture for remote locations is logistical simplicity. Prefabricated and compact, the lightweight components are easily transportable and require smaller teams and less time to install than heavy bricks and mortar construction-yielding early project commercialization, high energy-efficiency, and low environmental impact.

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