When it comes to tensile structure architecture, there’s no end to the complexity to which the fabrics can be made to go through. Thanks to their elasticity and ease of handling and use, tensile fabrics can give way to some of the most complex shapes as well as to common cup and cone designs. The use of particular polymer also plays a major role in architecture of tensile structure.
For instance while designing for outside tensile structure, ETFE and Teflon are mostly used. Weather resistance and translucency are two characters one looks for in outdoor materials. Self – cleansing capability is a definite plus. Conversely indoor tensile architecture looks for qualities like fire-resistance, heat – absorption etc. Fabric mesh like cotton, nylon, mylars are used here.
The design of anchorages and supports are also the component of tensile structure architectureand require extensive research on part of designer to choose the appropriate materials for their design since they are the backbones upon which rests the game of push and pull.