Finding the right shade and weather protection for a customer may mean assembling the right combination of products.
FTL Design Engineering Studio’s SkySong design funnels rain water to irrigate the landscape.
Transformit used various fabric types to add large flowers in a terminal in Maine.
Trendy Austrailian nightclub uses roofing structure to protect guests and add entertainment.
A fan-shaped tensile fabric structure becomes a riverfront highlight.
The roof is the first “parachute” retractable stadium cushion roof in North America.
The pavilion's internal illumination creates a glowing “lantern effect” at night.
Daylight, shadow and space-transforming curtains bring a vacant exhibit space new life.
Ceiling display features Mylar, chairs made of shredded paper and a vault wired for sound.
“Where Flying Fishes Play” is a tensile sculpture created to shade a corporate amphitheater.
With a great selection of materials available, fabric structures adapt to different climates and project needs.
The combination of Teijin’s Twaron and Tenax super fibers is an architectural first.
Modular fabric ceiling system provides diffused light source for Art House Uri.
A ceiling of tensioned fabric with subtle lighting updates the Mall of America.
Using soundscapes and visual rendering software, Sky-Scan offers an immersive user experience.
Fabric suppliers see continued economic pressure for the remainder of 2009. Until the economy rebounds, the architectural building market segment will be sluggish. Growth will continue in selected areas of the world experiencing commercial building booms, such as China and Dubai. The industry will continue to consolidate and will emphasize higher quality fabrics where there tends to be a more steady, reliable demand (and better profit margins).
Manufacturers see slow growth for the U.S. lightweight structures market in 2009, which will be aided by the growth of ‘green' projects and the trend toward using fabric in building projects in place of traditional (and often more expensive and less efficient) materials such as steel and concrete. They feel that the industry will continue to suffer from a shortage of skilled labor.
Coupled with the increasing cost of raw materials and a slowdown in both commercial and residential construction, these factors will likely continue to drive up the cost of doing business and inhibit business growth. Yet there are opportunities to grow and stay profitable for companies that manage their businesses closely, monitor all costs, and make smart, long-term decisions that focus on optimizing value (emphasizing quality and innovative products) for their customers.
From the 2009 State of the Industry Report. Purchase a complete report at the IFAI Bookstore.