Sun motif shade structure evident on riverside plaza

April 1, 2016

A steel-cable net and PTFE and ETFE membrane structure holds up under heavy wind and snow loads. The Sun Island Resort is one of China’s favorite vacation spots. Because the city of Harbin (where Sun Island Resort is situated) is at a high latitude, it is cooler than the rest of the country in the …

Collecting sun and rain

A pair of dynamic fabric structures bookend the Taiwan landscape. From the northern most tip of Taiwan, where capital city Taipei is located, to the southwest coast, where Kaohsiung City, the country’s industrial center, greets the setting sun, two new installations showcase the capabilities of tensioned fabric. The north-south oriented island nation of Taiwan (population …

Sports Club Porte Cochère

February 1, 2016

Rugby is a very popular sport in Australia, and rugby clubs are found in almost every community that can find a local sponsor. A particularly intense interest in the sport can be found along the Central Coast of New South Wales, and one notable club from that region, the Wyong Rugby League Club, might be …

Five top reasons for using an air-supported structure

October 1, 2015

Many manufacturers use similar arguments when pitching to clients on the benefits of air-supported structures. The top five: 1. Quick to erect. Air-supported fabric structures are significantly faster to erect than traditional “brick-and-mortar” structures. They do not require permanent foundations and generally need minimal site preparation, and often don’t require planning consent if they are …

Air support

Advances in materials and technology mean advantages for air-supported fabric structures in durability and sustainability. In May 2009, the National Football League Dallas Cowboys’ practice facility collapsed under a freak microburst of 60-mph winds, injuring a dozen people and leaving at least one person partially paralyzed. It has taken the industry years to overcome the …