The flexible design aesthetic of a tensile membrane structure comes from the distinctive elegant form unique to those characteristics of membrane tension. In daylight, fabric membrane translucency offers soft diffused naturally lit spaces, while at night, artificial lighting can be used to create an ambient exterior luminescence
The durability and longevity of tensile membrane structures has long been proven and structures built in climates ranging from arctic cold to scorching desert heat. ORION™ tensile membrane systems are designed and engineered to offer durability and fire resistance to meet building codes. Not to be confused with structural design integrity the lightweight nature of tensile membrane require less structural steel to support the roof compared to conventional building materials. This enables clear spans of column-free space.
We use a high-tech PVC architectural fabric with PVDF top coat self-cleaning lacquering layer for improved UV resistance. These PVC fabrics have a lifespan equal to alternative covering materials and costed over a 25 year service life a replacement membrane represents a cost efficient design. In addition to this a tensile membrane system will require minimal maintenance when compared to an equivalent-sized conventional roof covering.
Where tensile membrane structures are designed close to existing building the translucency of the product has significant benefit. With High sun reflectivity and low absorption of sunlight, less energy will be used within the adjoining building. An additional feature of fabrics to consider is the excellent acoustics and noise reduction underneath the canopy. A tensile structure will do much to absorb the sound of rain as well as voices and echo.