Design Guide

With offices in Europe, the Middle East, USA, Singapore, and Australia, Fabritecture is a global leader in the design, manufacture and installation of state-of-the-art architectural tensile fabric structures.



  • Architectural tensile fabric structures are used in a multitude of applications including:
  • Sporting Stadiums
  • Convention Centres
  • Hospitality
  • Entertainment Venues
  • Hotels & Resorts
  • Hospitals
  • Museums
  • Schools & Universities
  • Car Parks




Benefits vs. Traditional Structures

  • Flexibility – freedom through form
  • Light weight
  • Translucent
  • Ease of construction
  • Rapid installation
  • Lower cost
  • Recyclable
  • Long life
  • Low maintenance




Tensile Structure Types

Tensile Structure Types Image


Hypar Structures

  • Hyperbolic Parabola – curvature in two directions
  • Saddle shaped
  • Simplest of all tension fabric structures
  • Diagonally opposed high and low points combine to give a twisted 3-D
  • form resulting in excellent retention of shape and water runoff.



Conical Structures

  • Cone shaped structure
  • Contemporary and eye-catching design
  • Provides effective coverage of large surfaces with a single canopy




Types – Vault/Barrel Arch

  • Typically provides shelter for outdoor spaces
  • Controls the run-off direction of debris and water
  • Aesthetic, yet functional




Structural Support

The three main forms of structural support for tensile membrane structures are:

  • Framed support
  • Cable supported
  • Pneumatic


Framed Support

Steel forms the main structural support




Cable Supported Structure

No structural steel, supported by cables only



Pneumatic Structural Support

Supported by air


Large Scale Projects (>3,000m2)



Medium Scale Projects (500 – 3,000m2)



Small Scale Projects (<500m2)




Membrane Types

Membrane Types Images

PVC – Poly Vinyl Chloride

PVC coating over polyester base cloth:

  • Most cost effective option
  • Precontraint
  • 100% recyclable
  • Variety of colors
  • Blockout or translucent
  • Top coat – S, T
  • Ferrari – 402, 502, 702, 802, 902




PTFE – Poly Tetra Fluoro Ethylene

  • Flexible glass fibers coated with PTFE
  • Dimensional stability
  • Self-cleaning – Teflon coating over woven
  • Fiberglass fibers – low friction co-efficient
  • High quality material for permanent applications
  • Low maintenance – cleaning every 2-5 years
  • Highly reflective



ETFE – Ethylene Tetrafluoroethylene

  • Transparent polymer used instead of glass
  • Transmits more light
  • Some insulation properties
  • 30-40 times lighter than glass
  • Non-stick surface, resists dirt
  • 50 year life expected span
  • Used in pneumatic structures
  • Higher cost