Textile Architecture

High-performance technical textiles make it possible to create light and durable architectural structures. These structures consist of surfaces of tensioned flexible materials designed to withstand the rain, snow and wind loads to which they are exposed.

Their flexibility and strength allow for the coverage of large surfaces with fewer materials than in traditional construction as well as a great variety of geometric forms offering unprecedented freedom of expression.

There exists a wide variety of high performance flexible materials to choose from. Some can be used to design special lighting and contrast effects in order to create rich, fluid and luminous spaces. A translucent technical textile is ideal for natural and generous lighting.

Textile structures seamlessly integrate into different types of environments and can be used to convey a strong and unique visual signature.

Primarily used for optimal space design, each membrane has its own characteristics and advantages. They are used as façade cladding, protective roofing, acoustic walls and ceilings that are luminous and sculptural at the same time. They can be permanent or temporary, mobile or retractable.

They are watertight, are highly resistant to wind and snow loads, as well as impact-resistant. Membranes come in differing levels of translucency to let in natural light and their permeability properties facilitate control of solar gains. And finally, their acoustic properties can optimize the comfort level within a space.

Their range of application is varied and includes performance spaces such as stages and amphitheaters, bleachers, exhibition halls, circus tents, sports facilities, commercial and industrial buildings, shade structures for school yards, parks and playgrounds, pedestrian walkways, terraces and gardens. They can also serve as sculptural elements, vertical partitions, textile façades and acoustic ceiling panels.