Overview: ORION Hypar™ Tensile Structures
Utilising the hyperbolic paraboloid, ORION Hypar™ fabric canopies are probably the simplest of all tensile structures with a distinctive shape created when the diagonally opposite corners of a sail are raised. This ‘twist’ produces the hypar form, while opposing tension forces keep the canopy membrane tight across the span. The ORION Hypar™ is just one of our range of canopies for schools and businesses and these simple yet stylish outdoor shelters can be used almost anywhere – for example, to provide additional dining space for schools or playground shelter.
The flexible design aesthetic and distinctive elegant form of a tensile structure results from the characteristics unique to membrane tension. In daylight, fabric membrane translucency provides diffused, naturally lit spaces, while at night, artificial lighting can be used to create an ambient exterior luminescence. The lightweight nature of tensile membrane design requires less structural steel compared with conventional roof coverings, enabling clear spans of column-free space.
The durability and longevity of tensile membrane design is well proven with canopy structures installed in climates ranging from arctic cold to scorching desert heat. ORION™ fabric membrane manufacture complies with all relevant national regulations for fire resistance. ORION™ tensile structures use a PVC-based architectural fabric manufactured with a PVDF self-cleaning top lacquering layer. These advanced fabrics have a lifespan equal to alternative covering materials with a 25-year design life, covered by a manufacturer-backed warranty for up to 10 years dependent on specification.
Where the project brief is for shade provision rather than being fully waterproof, ORION™ shade sails can be specified with a durable mesh fabric, available in a range of vibrant colours, for a highly economical cover.
Learn more about Shadetec 320® Fabric for ORION Hypar™ Shade Sails.
Learn more about FTO SERIES Architectural PVC for ORION Canopies.