Fabric roof drain

April 1, 2004

Viennese architect Silja Tillner has designed a delicate retractable canopy for the Vienna City Hall courtyard that respects the historic building it covers. When the canopy is fully extended, the accordion-folds provide numerous ridges and valleys that collect rainwater. To drain the water properly, the architect, with engineers Schlaich Bergermann und Partner, developed this simple …

Interior toldos—sliding shades

The new Salt Lake City Library features a simple, but effective bit of ancient technology normally found outside. A six-story interior atrium links the interior spaces of all levels of the library with the outside, including the Children’s Library located in the basement. But while the atrium opens up each level to nature, it creates …

Canopy “break away” ties

A fabric covered courtyard canopy at a large high-rise office complex in Houston required specially designed “break away” roof attachments. The detail involved using a combination D-ring and extra-high tensile strength nylon zip ties calculated to break at the required high winds release measure of 112km/hr. The fabric roof has tabs sewn underneath which hold …

Patio canopy and soffit

This patio canopy was designed to provide weather protection for hotel patrons while maintaining a very high aesthetic standard for a world class hotel. Concealed trusswork hides special roller curtains that can be lowered during inclement weather. Stainless steel cables keep the curtains in place, even on windy days, and a taut ceiling liner hides …

Parkside shade structure

Taylor’s Hill is a rapidly growing residential suburb located 25km to the northwest of Melbourne, Australia. Oasis Tension Structures was commissioned to design and construct an appealing shade structure over seating in a communal parkland and sports precinct. Ground Control Landscape Architects, one of Australia’s leading practices, had created an Olympic theme for the site …

Awning “sculpture”

This commercial awning project located in Little Rock, Ark. won an Outstanding Achievement Award from the Industrial Fabrics Association International. Designed for the front entrance of the Hillcrest Art Gallery, the awning was created in concert with the client’s wish for a “sculpture” of four vividly-colored fabric cubes connected by a black box valance that …

“Cool” awning

The headquarters of a downtown St. Louis-based graphic design firm was transformed from a bland storefront to a functional and stylish façade with the design of a distinctive, oversized awning. The 6m-by-4.6m, two-story glass, single-glazed curtain wall faced squarely west—directly into the harsh glare of the afternoon sun; the cost-prohibitive replacement with a double-glazed curtain …

Retractable canopy

The Manor House Banquet and Conference Center in Mason, Ohio hosts frequent outdoor events. This freestanding retractable roof pavilion, designed by Queen City Awning, incorporates six independent telescoping fabric-covered sections that open and close to provide weather protection to the patio area. Extending or retracting the canopy is a simple matter for staff. Using poles …