Modern Designs: Use Of Advanced Systems

by Editor on June 22, 2013


The membrane structure has become the source of elegant and sophisticated structures that have gained acceptance globally.

The Material

Tensioned membrane combines the aesthetic possibilities of form and function and results into spectacular structures. The architectural membrane can be formed into countless number of shapes.These vary from dynamic structures that express the tension within the material, to very subdued inconspicuous domes or barrel vault shape. The designer therefore has the ability to create buildings of almost any shape.

The translucency of the membranes creates gently diffused glare-free natural lighting and reduces lighting and HV AC costs and serves to protect interior environments from harmful UV exposure. This transparency also allows plants under the system to grow without the concentrated light rays that usually force a plant to grow towards the light.

While viewing the structure externally, you can not fail to notice its brilliance. During the daylight, the membrane appears bright white and opaque, a view that catches the eye from far. In the nighttime, the fabric emits an ambient glow that creates a strong visual anchor.

The membrane acts as both the internal and external finishing hence cutting down on the finishing costs.


The structure is recognized as permanent construction material due to its durability. Teflon (a trademark of Vector Foiltec) coated fiberglass structures display durability and weather resistant factors. Their durability can be proven by their use in adverse climatic areas like the Antarctic and inversely, the Saudi Arabian heat.

Moreover, projects that utilized the Teflon coated fiberglass have over 30 years in good state.

The membrane roofs are an alternative to roofing as they offer lightweight structural support. These weigh far much less than the conventional roofing systems because they do not utilize the structural steel components. The installations of these systems meet the fire requirement code for virtually any kind of construction.The French, British, Italians, Australians, Japanese, and Germans have installed these structures globally, without any objections.

The Teflon coating used on these structures is non-sticky, a feature that makes the systems ideal for many projects. The coating is also resistant to chemicals and pollutants. Any dust, dirt, ash or any other impurity that settles on the surface of the membrane can be washed off easily, even by rainwater.


Architects and designers have taken complete advantage of the aesthetic and practical properties of the tension structures. They have applied the membrane in a wide array of architectural projects including:

  • Amphitheaters – the covers of stages
  • Amusement – Casinos, Olympic Venues, Football Stadiums, Rugby World CUp Stadiums, Fairgrounds, and Amusement (theme) Parks
  • Sports – Stadiums for football, rugby, hockey, Olympic Games, World Cups, Leisure Centres, Arenas.
  • Commercial Building Applications – Offices, Corporate Facilities, Shopping Centres.
  • Convention Centers – Conference Roofs and Canopies.
  • Environmental Applications – Digester Cladding
  • Institutional – Universities and College Buildings, Churches, Museums, Theatres, Centrs fo Rsearch.
  • Transportation – Ferry Terminals, Train Statiosn, Airports, Border COntrol, Ticketing Faciltiies.
  • Retail – Shopping Mall Entrances, Retail Centres, Cinemas, Entertainment Halls.

With the proven diversity in use and application, this is a material that is today irreplaceable. It has improved architectural abilities in unimaginable ways, making the career

About the Author

This is a guest blog from Alistair. Alistair has been a construction enthusiast for many years, and feels looking at some of the worlds best buildings is breathtaking in its beauty. Alistair has travelled around the world in search of some of the world’s most intriguing and exciting building structures.

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