What is a Tension Fabric Building? - How did it all begin?
Fabric Buildings Make Their Appearance in Architecture
Types of Tension Fabric Buildings Structural Systems
Air Supported Structures
Currently, there are two main types of structural systems that involve tension fabric: air supported systems and tension membrane systems. Wikipedia defines an air supported structure as follows, "An air-supported (or air-inflated) structure is any building that derives its structural integrity from the use of internal pressurized air to inflate a pliable material (i.e. structural fabric) envelope, so that air is the main support of the structure, and where access is via airlocks."
Tension Supported Structures
Tension membrane systems rely on cables or steel framing as a base support. Regardless of the base system, tension fabric roofs are able to provide durable protection over great distances with very little material. The key lies in the strong fabric an concise engineering to insure the building can support the environment where it is built.