Tensile structures are now an acceptable building material, permitting the design of exciting roof
forms that would be almost impossible with traditional building methods. Not only do tensile
structures offer the variety of form, but also translucency, colour, clearspan and softness. These
structures are lightweight using tension to create the three dimensional form. Such structures have
been developed since the 1970’s and now offer some of the most dramatic architectural works to
date. Membrane structures span generations in their durability, offering in excess of 30 years of
lifespan, and fire retardency up to Class O.