Overview: ORION Shield™ Tensile Structures
With a freeform shape not limited by conventional canopy and shelter design constraints, tensile structures provide superb scope for innovative structures like the ORION Shield™. The attractive curved spine profile of ORION Shield™ creates a distinctive aesthetic feature for both contemporary and traditional settings, while a consistent eaves height offers excellent weather protection and even shading under the structure.
The potential applications of ORION™ tensile structures range from canopies and walkways for schools, colleges and universities to retail canopies and also sun canopies in exposed locations. Canopies for education can serve several different purposes, such as providing sheltered dining space outdoors or a playground canopy.
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 canopy 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.
Learn more about FTO SERIES Architectural PVC for ORION Canopies.