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Tensile fabric structures can be used in interior schemes to meet shading, aesthetic and acoustic requirements

The images above show a beautiful and inspiring scheme installed by Aura into a church in Suffolk. The church had found that they were no longer using the upper tier spaces originally built to accommodate larger congregations. They needed to close off this redundant space without blocking out the light flowing through the upper windows. A tensile fabric canopy using a silicon glass fabric fulfilled these requirements and could be sensitively installed into the historic building due to its relatively light weight. The beautiful light filled space is now an asset to the church.

AT EE offices in Darlington the concern was too much light rather than too little. They need to soften the bright artificial lighting hitting the desks of the call centre operative working within their glass clad offices. Hyperbolic paraboloid (Pringle) shaped structures 3m long had been installed but the fabric needed upgrading to deliver better light reflection and ease of maintenance. Aura recommended silicon glass fabric for its beautiful light diffusing properties, pure white colour and class 0 fire rating (fire rating requirement for building products for public buildings in the UK BS 476 Pt 6 Class 0).

Interiors dramatised with vertical mesh panels

Orms architects asked Aura to help them to redevelop an early 20th Century factory building in Clerkenwell East London. The building comprised a number of small units around a central atrium. These were originally used by small scale manufactures producing a variety of good from corsets to loudspeakers but now were to become home to creative businesses such as architects and graphic designers. Orms wanted to reflect the new creative energy in the building by making a feature of the atrium and chose the TEXO® patented fabric panel system from Auar to dramatise the space using a mesh fabric lit by colour change LED lighting. TEXO® was their solution of choice because it is a super lightweight system and the historic building could not take heavy loads. But not only that, they could specify the exact architectural fabric they required safe in the knowledge that the unique TEXO® system would hold it flat in pretension and therefore deliver their vision reliably for years to come.

We hope that these few examples have given you an inspiring taster of what can be achieved using tensile fabric structures or the TEXO® flat panel system in interior schemes. If you have a project that you would like to discuss with us please call 02392 001 322.

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