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Apr 012 min read

6 Projects that have mastered the use of Fabric in Architecture!

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Team Kaarwan

From using it as a temporary cover for shelters to incorporating it in facades & portable roofs, the use of fabric in architecture has evolved over the centuries. From fulfilling environmental targets, managing stormwater, decreasing the urban heat island effect, and providing quick installation times and processes, fabrics are an extremely versatile medium!

Fabrics also include design flexibility, exceptional durability, and low maintenance, therefore, becoming an epitome of beauty and form composed of minimal resources.

Here, we’ve rounded up 6 of the world’s most interesting structures highlighting the use of fabrics!

1. King Fahad National Library (Riyadh, Saudi Arabia)

Façade is made up of rhomboid, white textile awnings partly concealing. Supported by tensile-stressed steel cables, act as sunshades and interpret the Arabian tent structure tradition in a modern, technological way.  

Source: Archdaily

2. Tavaru restaurant and bar (Noonu Atoll, Maldives)

The tower is veiled in a light grey semi-transparent curtain which also helps to act as a landmark and gives a panoramic view of the island. It allows creating suitable micro-climate for the storage and preservation of wine  

Source: Archdaily

3. Arena da Amazonia (Manaus, Brazil)

The roof and façade panels consist of translucent glass fiber fabric in view of the hot and humid climate at the Amazon, the roof extends into the façade which makes the internal space cooler and reflects the excess daylight.  

Source: Archdaily

4. Merkez Ankara showroom (Ankara, Turkey)

The folded fabric shell that wraps around the building allows sun shading while drawing a strong image of the buildings during the day and the night. Diffusing the façade ensures that the internal gardens get equal natural light.  

Source: Archdaily

5. Stadium of Unico  Ciudad (la Plata, Argentina)

To make a complete roof portable turf so that it can be used under any kind of weather conditions. It is crafted with a tight structure of steel latticework covered with fiberglass mesh with a Teflon cover for easy movement. 

Source: Archdaily

6. Spanish pavilion (UAE, Dubai)

The pavilion is constructed from reusable materials. The conical shape and use of fabric aid an increase in airflow, therefore, modulating the temperature and providing an eco-friendly way for visitors to keep cool.

Source: Archdaily

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