Tensile structures

How to choose this product

A tensile structure is one supported by steel cables forming the structural elements of the roof. It can be flat or anticlastic, covered by a membrane or simply a network of cables. It offers numerous structural and architectural possibilities. ArchExpo features such structures appropriate for a variety of settings including airports, special events and sports arenas. There is also a choice of different membrane textiles, anchors and cables.

Applications

These structures have become increasingly common in the architectural environment. They are used to roof stadiums, station platforms, arenas, exposition halls, recreational facilities, festival tents, bandstands and other buildings.

Technologies

Such structures use a wide variety of materials and techniques. Modern technology and innovations permit extensive spans. Their coverings require the use of sophisticated, fireproof synthetic fabrics such as PVC, FG/PTFE, ETFE or other light materials.

How to choose

Choice will depend on technological possibilities. The structure should meet the needs of the project and blend into the environment.

Advantages

- Innovative configurations
- Efficient use of space
- Permanent or temporary

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10 products BARRISOL
BARRISOL BARRISOL STAND
Modular for events BARRISOL STAND BARRISOL

Barrisol Stand associates the Syma structures with the Barrisol stretched ceiling...

BARRISOL BARRISOL 3D FORM
Metal frame supported for events BARRISOL 3D FORM BARRISOL

Well-known all over the world for the quality of its teaching, this prestigious school...

BARRISOL BARRISOL 3D FORM
BARRISOL 3D FORM BARRISOL

The building of the company Vodafone offers to its customers a reception room designed in accordance with standard...

BARRISOL BARRISOL FORME 3D
Metal frame supported BARRISOL FORME 3D BARRISOL

Realized by the architect Peter Eisenmann, this architectural chief of work was presented in the interior court of the Palais...

BARRISOL BARRISOL ACOUSTIC
Metal frame supported BARRISOL ACOUSTIC BARRISOL

Airport terminals are immense places with high ceilings and are subjected to significant acoustic disruption from the outside due to air traffic. In addition,...

BARRISOL BARRISOL LIGHT
BARRISOL LIGHT BARRISOL

Barrisol Lumière equips the walls to bathe the place in a soft and diffuse...

6 products SERGE FERRARI
SERGE FERRARI SOLTIS 86 et 92
Cable tensile membrane structure (tent) SOLTIS 86 et 92 SERGE FERRARI

Shade sails offer an original, resolutely contemporary architectural solution to efficient personal solar protection. Gardens, terraces, poolsides, etc… Soltis® 86, Soltis® 92 and Precontraint® 502 fabrics...

SERGE FERRARI SOLTIS 92 et PRECONTRAINT 502
Cable tensile membrane structure (tent) SOLTIS 92 et PRECONTRAINT 502 SERGE FERRARI

Shade sails offer an original, resolutely contemporary architectural solution to efficient personal solar protection. Gardens, terraces, poolsides, etc… Soltis® 86, Soltis® 92 and Precontraint® 502 fabrics...

SERGE FERRARI BATYLINE AW
Acoustic membrane for BATYLINE AW SERGE FERRARI

Aesthetic, safety, lightness, freedom of shape and acoustic absorption characteristics of composite textiles...

SERGE FERRARI PRECONTRAINT  T2
Membrane for PRECONTRAINT T2 SERGE FERRARI

Textile membranes are structural and architectural materials, which allow every daring line, slender curve or minimalist geometrical design. Lightweight, they are also durable and recyclable which greatly...

SERGE FERRARI PRECONTRAINT FORMULE S2
Membrane for PRECONTRAINT FORMULE S2 SERGE FERRARI

Textile membranes are structural and architectural materials, which allow every daring line, slender curve or minimalist geometrical design. Lightweight, they are also durable and recyclable which greatly...

SERGE FERRARI PRÉCONTRAINT 502
Membrane for PRÉCONTRAINT 502 SERGE FERRARI

Textile membranes are structural and architectural materials, which allow every daring line, slender curve or minimalist geometrical design. Lightweight, they are also durable and recyclable...

8 products DALO
DALO 100m² & 200m² SPACIO POLYGONAL STRUCTURE DALO
Cable membrane 100m² & 200m² SPACIO POLYGONAL STRUCTURE DALO DALO

Unique: Large coverage with only one post. SPACIO POLYGONAL...

DALO CLUB STRUCTURE DALO
Cable membrane for schools CLUB STRUCTURE DALO DALO

CLUB MANTA is a canopy with 4 posts. Available in 4x4m (16m²), 5x5m (25m²), 7x7m (49m²), 8x8m (64m²), 10x10m (100m²) You can mix the sizes to adapt the coverage to your needs. On...

DALO CAPRI STRUCTURE DALO
Metal frame supported modular CAPRI STRUCTURE DALO DALO

Capri canopy DALO One offset post for more freedom of space Available in...

DALO SPACIO-P STRUCTURE DALO
Cable membrane for schools SPACIO-P STRUCTURE DALO DALO

DALO CANOPY STRUCTURE WITH ONE CENTRAL MAST Canopies available: 50 m² - 75 m² - 100 m² - 200 m² Ideal for school canopies,...

DALO SPACIO-C STRUCTURE DALO
Modular SPACIO-C STRUCTURE DALO DALO

Dalo canopy with only one central mast. Available in 6X6m, 8X8m, 10x10m MODULAR DESIGN - New modules can easily be...

5 products Prat S.A.
Prat S.A. AUTOSHADE
Metal frame supported AUTOSHADE Prat S.A.

AutoShade is a product resulting from technical knowledge and the creativity of Prat SA. Until now, shade for parking areas was a problem without a solution....

Prat S.A. MAGICFACADE
Cable membrane for facades MAGICFACADE Prat S.A.

This innovative apparatus protects and dresses large buildings. Designed for new or existing structures, MagicFacade provides protection...

Prat S.A. TEXTIDÔME
Frame supported dome TEXTIDÔME Prat S.A.

TextiDôme has already proved its worth in Riyadh in 2004 at the Sewage Tanks and in Toulouse in 2006 for the SIVOM of the Saudrune. Developed by Prat SA,...

Prat S.A. SUSPENSOL
Cable membrane SUSPENSOL Prat S.A.

Suspensol is a tensile fabric product designed and patented by Prat SA. It offers 22 square meters of shade for pools and terraces. It is quick...

Prat S.A. RODODÔME
Frame supported dome RODODÔME Prat S.A.

How do you combine a flat screen and a domed screen in the same room? The two systems are antinomic; in fact, it is evident...

PM ENGINEERING SRL - PLASTECOMILANO LUGO (RA) ITALY
Glulam timber frame supported LUGO (RA) ITALY PM ENGINEERING SRL - PLASTECOMILANO

They combine a rigid weigh-bearing structure in steel or laminated wood and a...

PM ENGINEERING SRL - PLASTECOMILANO ROMA ITALY
Glulam timber frame supported ROMA ITALY PM ENGINEERING SRL - PLASTECOMILANO

They combine a rigid weigh-bearing structure in steel or laminated wood and a...

PM ENGINEERING SRL - PLASTECOMILANO MARBELLA SPAIN
Glulam timber frame supported MARBELLA SPAIN PM ENGINEERING SRL - PLASTECOMILANO

They combine a rigid weigh-bearing structure in steel or laminated wood and a...

PM ENGINEERING SRL - PLASTECOMILANO TURIN ITALY
Glulam timber frame supported TURIN ITALY PM ENGINEERING SRL - PLASTECOMILANO

They combine a rigid weigh-bearing structure in steel or laminated wood and a...

PM ENGINEERING SRL - PLASTECOMILANO RUSSIA
Metal frame supported for sporting fields RUSSIA PM ENGINEERING SRL - PLASTECOMILANO

They combine a rigid weigh-bearing structure in steel or laminated wood and a...

PM ENGINEERING SRL - PLASTECOMILANO DESENZANO ITALY
Glulam timber frame supported DESENZANO ITALY PM ENGINEERING SRL - PLASTECOMILANO

They combine a rigid weigh-bearing structure in steel or laminated wood and a...

6 products ArTech
ArTech
Cable membrane ArTech

Benefits of textile architecture: Quick installation installation Lower price substructure, foundations, etc.. Low specific weight Transparency Large spans Aesthetic and formal unsurpassed Energy...

ArTech
Metal frame supported ArTech

Benefits of textile architecture: Quick installation installation Lower price substructure, foundations, etc.. Low specific weight Transparency Large spans Aesthetic and formal unsurpassed Energy...

ArTech
Metal frame supported for sporting fields ArTech

The concept involves two main parts: a sports court and annex. These parts can be appointed in three mutual position: completely separate, only with the functional connection, connected in one plane,...

ArTech
Wooden frame supported ArTech

The concept involves two main parts: a sports court and annex. These parts can be appointed in three mutual position: completely separate, only with the functional connection, connected in one plane,...

ArTech
Metal and wooden frame supported ArTech

The concept involves two main parts: a sports court and annex. These parts can be appointed in three mutual position: completely separate, only with the functional connection, connected in one plane,...

ArTech AGRICULTURE
Metal frame supported AGRICULTURE ArTech

Facilities covered by PVC membrane are widely used in agriculture as they provide a quick and cost-effective solutions. Due to the spacious interior and high altitude have easy access, easy navigation,...

17 products Favaretti
Favaretti
Glulam timber frame supported Favaretti

Favaretti Group Tecnocoperture department has always been active in tensile structures world as well as within the sport facilities and it realises (according to the necessities and desires, wishes of...

Favaretti
Metal frame supported Favaretti

Favaretti Group Tecnocoperture department has always been active in tensile structures world as well as within the sport facilities and it realises (according to the necessities and desires, wishes of...

Favaretti
Metal frame supported for sporting fields Favaretti

Favaretti srl projects, realises and installs coverings for volleyball playgrounds as well as for any other type of sport playground customizing it in any detail either structural...

Favaretti
Cable membrane for tennis grounds Favaretti

Favaretti srl projects, realises and installs trennis playgrounds coverings as well as for any other k indof sport playground, customized in detail...

Favaretti
Metal frame supported for riding arena Favaretti

Careful studies in Research and Development of materials started by Favaretti Group have made it possible to realise structures absolutely unique within the field of equine riding arenas. Offered...

54 products CANOBBIO
CANOBBIO WINTER GARDEN
Glulam timber frame supported WINTER GARDEN CANOBBIO

It is a multipurpose covering for the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Verona. The ETFE cushions are 4 layer cushions. The upper and the lower layer have a thickness of 250 µm each. The inner layers have 100...

CANOBBIO LTA
Arch cable membrane LTA CANOBBIO

The Lawn Tennis Association "Small Project" Winner 2011 at British Construction Industry Awards. With their 40 m clear span, the main beams comprise of...

CANOBBIO MERCEDES BENZ
Cable membrane MERCEDES BENZ CANOBBIO

The appearance of Mercedes-Benz, smart, AMG and Maybach was concentrated on the inside of Frankfurts festival hall, which had its 100. anniverary this year. With its once visionary steel structure it...

CANOBBIO CAPO SOPRANO
Cable membrane for roofing CAPO SOPRANO CANOBBIO

Primary structure is a portal shape arch made of COR-TEN steel positioned every 15 m so that it is completely protected against corrosion. This solution has been chosen in order to: 1) Accomplish a...

CANOBBIO TERME DI CHIANCIANO
Cable membrane TERME DI CHIANCIANO CANOBBIO

A double layer membrane tensile structure was utilized so as to grant aeration as it is the case of a traditionally ventilated roof built with conservative materials. By utilizing a two layer polyester/pvc...

75 products Base Structures
Base Structures ABITO APARTMENTS
Cable membrane for roofing ABITO APARTMENTS Base Structures

A clever, simple, functional and high spec - all the buzz words that Abito attribute to their Salford Quays waterside development. What better then to literally top off their...

Base Structures DOVERCOURT
Cable membrane for roofing DOVERCOURT Base Structures

Bristol is a city in the midst of regeneration, its architectural footprint rampantly swelling alongside its population. The commercial Dovercourt development of prestigious flats in the centre of the...

Base Structures HULME HIGH STREET
Cable membrane canopy HULME HIGH STREET Base Structures

These tensile structures were designed to met the clients requirement...

Base Structures CONTAINER CITY
Cable membrane canopy CONTAINER CITY Base Structures

Our brief was to provide a practical fabric covered walkway in keeping with the futuristic office development. The structure...

Base Structures CUTTY SARK
Cable membrane CUTTY SARK Base Structures

The spectacular Cutty Sark deserves to welcome its visitors in a spectacular venue. Our multi-cone tensile fabric structure certainly delivers. It has to be one of the most unique architectural fabric...

Base Structures RAF COSFORD
Metal frame supported for facades RAF COSFORD Base Structures

Our client was looking for a demountable wall system to their new exhibition hall structure built to house the...

1 products AREA CUBICA
AREA CUBICA
Cable membrane AREA CUBICA

This is a product that differs entirely from all of the other products in the àrea cúbica catalogue as regards work method. It is a type of display for which the most important phase is the...

3 products DUOL
DUOL
Metal frame supported DUOL

Metal constructions are off-the-peg designed with standard width (18, 25, 36 m). The length can...

DUOL
Wooden frame supported DUOL

Our experiences in membrane technology joined Europes most modern CNC wood-processing production. Technology advantage is on our side: wide spans, customizable design, highest quality with lowest price...

DUOL
Cable membrane DUOL

DUOL tension structures are modern fabric architecture bases...

De Boer Structures Holding BV PREMIER
Modular for events PREMIER De Boer Structures Holding BV

The Premier is a true space winner - ideal for projects with a demand for more spectator capacity. It has a modular platform that can be built...

De Boer Structures Holding BV ALU PARTY
Metal frame supported for events ALU PARTY De Boer Structures Holding BV

His is a tent in which you can move freely in any direction. Versatility and distinction are features of the Party tent. The structure is fitted with PVC side curtains, which can be drawn open as desired....

De Boer Structures Holding BV ALU HALL
Metal frame supported for events ALU HALL De Boer Structures Holding BV

An Alu Hall from De Boer offers you the opportunity to specify the simplicity of an A Frame structure with the flexibility of being able to create an aesthetically appealing façade using vertical...

De Boer Structures Holding BV ALU VISTA
Metal frame supported for events ALU VISTA De Boer Structures Holding BV

The clearspan aluminium frame structure is available in 15, 20 and 25 metre widths, enabling you to make efficient use of space at any venue whilst the stylish appearance makes it an excellent choice...

De Boer Structures Holding BV DELTA by De Boer
Metal frame supported for events DELTA by De Boer De Boer Structures Holding BV

The geometric lines of the space-fame structure create a distinctive roof-line whilst also providing clear internal heights of up to 9m and gable widths of up to 65m, with column free spans of up to 35m,...

De Boer Structures Holding BV DOUBLE DECK
Metal frame supported for events DOUBLE DECK De Boer Structures Holding BV

On the one hand this model was intended to meet the demand for more spectator capacity at existing locations, and on the other hand it was prompted by the logical thought that spectators are best served...

1 products Max Bögl
Max Bögl STADIUM ROOFS
Cable membrane for stadiums STADIUM ROOFS Max Bögl

Spectacular roof constructions not only help to use a stadium in many ways,...

31 products PFEIFER
PFEIFER ABUJA NIGERIA
Cable membrane for stadiums ABUJA NIGERIA PFEIFER

Owner / Prime Contractor/Client The Ferderal Goverment of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,...

PFEIFER STADIONDACH TSV
Cable membrane for stadiums STADIONDACH TSV PFEIFER

Owner / Prime Contractor/Client Turn- und Sportverein 1909 Gersthofen e....

PFEIFER AWD ARENA
Cable membrane for stadiums AWD ARENA PFEIFER

Owner / Prime Contractor/Client Landeshauptstadt Hannover Arbeitsgemeinschaft Niedersachsenstadion Hannover:...

PFEIFER ESTADIO INTERMUNICIPAL
Cable membrane for stadiums ESTADIO INTERMUNICIPAL PFEIFER

Owner / Prime Contractor/Client Associacao de Municipios Loulé/Faro Somague...

PFEIFER PUSAN
Cable membrane for stadiums PUSAN PFEIFER

Owner / Prime Contractor/Client The Construction Headquarters Pusan, Metropolitan...

3 products EPS DOUBLET
EPS DOUBLET INSIGNIA™ HIGH PEAK
Metal frame supported for events INSIGNIA™ HIGH PEAK EPS DOUBLET

A favorite party tent for special events, fairs, trade shows and food service use, with its ease of setup and lightweight aluminum frame, our Insignia high peak pole tents are both...

EPS DOUBLET STRETCH
Cable membrane for events STRETCH EPS DOUBLET

Our Stretch Tents are a radical innovation in the tenting industry, available for both purchase or rental programs. The unique 100% waterproof stretch fabric and modular design means their capacity for...

EPS DOUBLET STAGE COVERS
Metal frame supported for events STAGE COVERS EPS DOUBLET

Customizable stage covers offer a portable band shell with excellent acoustics. Ideal for a variety of events,...

5 products ZERO
ZERO VIGNALE MONFERRATO
Metal frame supported for events VIGNALE MONFERRATO ZERO

Modular latticed elements in electro-welded steel with thermosetting powder coating. The...

ZERO SAN SIMPLICANO CLOISTER, MILAN
Metal frame supported for events SAN SIMPLICANO CLOISTER, MILAN ZERO

Elemento modulare, reticolare in acciaio elettrosaldato con verniciatura a polveri termoindurenti. Utilizzato...

ZERO FEDERICO FELLINI EXHIBITION IN ROME
Metal frame supported for events FEDERICO FELLINI EXHIBITION IN ROME ZERO

Universal link in thermosetting powder coated steel. It allows the connection of beams in six right-angle...

ZERO EIMU SALONE DEL MOBILE DI MILANO - STUDIO MAGNONI
Metal frame supported for events EIMU SALONE DEL MOBILE DI MILANO - STUDIO MAGNONI ZERO

Universal link in thermosetting powder coated steel. It allows the connection of beams in six right-angle...

ZERO BICYCLE ROOM
Metal frame supported BICYCLE ROOM ZERO

Modular latticed elements in electro-welded...

19 products Hightex
Hightex WIMBLEDON CENTRE COURT
Retractable WIMBLEDON CENTRE COURT Hightex

The retractable roof over Wimbledons Centre Court is a type of folding fabric concertina tensile structure. This allows the roof to be folded into a highly compressed area and parked over the fixed canopy...

Hightex DISNEY HYPERION AIRSHIP
Translucent colored silicon coated fiberglass fabric for DISNEY HYPERION AIRSHIP Hightex

Hightex is a world leader in tensile structures and fabric architecture. We create tensile fabric and pneumatic cushion structures using membranes such...

Hightex MARSYAS
PVC coated polyester fabric for MARSYAS Hightex

The “Marsyas” installation in London, realised for the artist Anish Kapoor in 2002, was a unique assignment. The successful completion of this spectacular membrane sculpture, which aroused great interest...

Hightex AUCHAN FOOD MARKET
PTFE coated fiberglass fabric for AUCHAN FOOD MARKET Hightex

Hightex is a world leader in tensile structures and fabric architecture. We create tensile fabric and pneumatic cushion structures using membranes such...

Hightex DUSSELDORF AIRPORT CAR PARK
PVC coated polyester fabric for DUSSELDORF AIRPORT CAR PARK Hightex

Hightex is a world leader in tensile structures and fabric architecture. We create tensile fabric and pneumatic cushion structures using membranes such...

Hightex PHILIPS PAVILION TURTLE
PVC coated polyester fabric for PHILIPS PAVILION TURTLE Hightex

Hightex is a world leader in tensile structures and fabric architecture. We create tensile fabric and pneumatic cushion structures using membranes such...

33 products ESMERY CARON
12 products ACS-PRODUCTION
ACS-PRODUCTION
Cable membrane for naval construction ACS-PRODUCTION

Stretched canvas structures are especially well-received on ships thanks to their functional and aesthetic qualities. They admit natural light while providing...

ACS-PRODUCTION BANDSTANDS
Cable membrane for naval construction BANDSTANDS ACS-PRODUCTION

Open-air concerts whatever the weather It is vital to be able to stage events and activities on cruise ships in order to attract passengers and stages are installed to host music groups and other artists....

ACS-PRODUCTION JACUZZIS
Cable membrane for naval construction JACUZZIS ACS-PRODUCTION

A jacuzzi protected from the sun ensures customers satisfaction So, your customers want to enjoy a relaxing moment in an open-air jacuzzi without being bothered by the oppressive sun? The solution is...

ACS-PRODUCTION
Cable membrane for ceiling ACS-PRODUCTION

Stretched canvas ceilings Put your passengers even more at ease by concealing the pipes that snake across ceilings by fitting stretched canvas ceilings. Whether the frames are made of teak, of painted...

ACS-PRODUCTION
Cable membrane canopy ACS-PRODUCTION

Textile architecture awnings or shelters ACS Production designs, makes and fits elegant overhead building awnings that blend perfectly with your environment. All of the shelters and awnings are studied...

ACS-PRODUCTION
Cable membrane for schools ACS-PRODUCTION

Standard or tailor-made covers ACS Production offers a range of standard or tailor-made playground covers that are ideal for ensuring the comfort and well-being of pupils and teachers. Multi-purpose...

7 products EUROPLAST
EUROPLAST
Glulam timber frame supported EUROPLAST

The load-bearing laminated wood structures effectively enhance our production. It is undeniable that laminated wood is aesthetically the best on...

EUROPLAST BARACCATURA DI TESTATA
Wooden frame supported BARACCATURA DI TESTATA EUROPLAST

Baraccatura di Testata is our patented optional studied especially for a better use of the arch covering’s internal spaces. As can be clearly seen in the photographs, the arched structures’ covering membrane,...

EUROPLAST ENERGY
Double layer tensile membrane structure ENERGY EUROPLAST

The ENERGY double membrane, thought up for the construction of sporting coverings, reduces to a minimum the dispersion of heat outside, thus guaranteeing Energy savings without precedent. A new technology...

EUROPLAST
Metal frame supported EUROPLAST

The most modern and complete structure on the market today, adaptable to the specific sizes needed by the clientele. Variable dimensions...

EUROPLAST BARACCATURA DI TESTATA
Metal frame supported BARACCATURA DI TESTATA EUROPLAST

Baraccatura di Testata is our patented optional studied especially for a better use of the arch covering’s internal spaces. As can be clearly seen in the photographs, the arched structures’ covering membrane,...

EUROPLAST
Modular spatial EUROPLAST

The geodesic structure is a to between a metallic structure with modular spatial geometry (rods and nodes) with single and/or double membrane below rightly tensioned and stabilized. The advantages of...

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