Canopy “break away” ties

April 1, 2004  |  Features

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…
Interior toldos—sliding shades

April 1, 2004  |  Features

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 …
Fabric roof drain

April 1, 2004  |  Features

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…
Entrance canopy

April 1, 2001  |  Features

As the footings for the support posts were done by an independent contractor, each had to be measured and verified to ensure that the canopy would seat properly on its structure. The decorative posts were a challenge because the intersection of the 7.62cm(3-in.) square posts intersected the 3.81cm(1…
Tiered, stepped canopy

April 1, 2001  |  Features

This project from Miami, Fla., won an International Achievement Award from the Industrial Fabrics Association International. The design utilizes light-permeable and hurricane-resistant textured canopies to provide protection and decoration to the outdoor escalators while preserving the openness of t…
Tensile canopy

April 1, 2001  |  Features

In Thousand Island Park, N.Y., a home inspired by 1920s-era steamer ships sports canvas deck-covers on both ends. Project data Client: Private residence Canopy designer: Elizabeth Murrell Architect: Steve Taylor Fabricator: The Frame Shop (cover), Steve Taylor Builder (frame) Project manager: V. Wil…
Lateral arm/retractable awning

April 1, 2001  |  Features

These awnings are becoming more popular because of their functional flexibility. They are taut and clean, whether open or closed, can cover large deck spaces, and come with the option of a motor. Project data Client: Private residence Fabricator: Queen City Awning Fabric: Sunbrella
Patio canopy and soffit

April 1, 2001  |  Features

Detail shows section through a typical truss rafter in this addition to a restaurant outdoor room. Project data Client: Blue Finn Restaurant, Seaville, N.J. Fabricator: Globe Canvas Products Fabric: Ultrashade 101 by Highland Industries
Canopy with sidewalls

April 1, 2001  |  Features

Detail shows attachment of framing to existing building. Sidewalls are held down with ground stakes. The entire assembly is designed to have fabric coverings removed during the cold season. Project data Client: Hohnemann University Hospital, Philadelphia Structual engineer: H.B. Daugherty Fabricator…
TransHab and the space architects

September 1, 1999  |  Exteriors, Features

Revolutionizing structures in space with fabric and technology By Kriss J. Kennedy Editor’s note: This article originally appeared in Sept/Oct 1999 issue of Fabric Architecture. At the time, Kriss J. Kennedy was a space architect at the NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston, Texas. He is internat…