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The first tensile structures were not membrane lightweight structures and did not use textile materials as today.

In reality, more than membrane lightweight structures, they were traditional structures that worked mostly in tension and were built with traditional materials.

They used materials such as steel cables and hardware, and the roof consisted of glass panels such as Frei Otto’s Munich Olympic Stadium.

Primeras tenso estructuras de Frei Otto

One of the first Tenso Structures and precursors of membrane lightweight structures

The Olympic Stadium is perhaps the first tensile structure to classify as a membrane lightweight structures for its free and organic shapes that mimic the sails of a ship.

Some tense structures are of construction as typical as any other building, such as the Raleigh Arena in North Carolina.

Built in 1950, the sand slab is made up of steel cables and a concrete casting and is considered one of the first tensile structures in the world.

In Mexico, membrane lightweight structures were the first tensile structures to become popular.

Membrane lightweight structures in Guadalajara, Mexico City and Monterrey began to be seen in the late 1980s.

However, the first tensile structures in Mexico many years ago were not membrane lightweight structures or sports buildings like the previous cases, but suspension bridges.

Suspension bridges are also part of the family of tensile structures. In Mexico one of the oldest is the Arcediano bridge.

Built in 1894 by engineer Salvadazo Collado, the construction was inspired by the Brooklyn Bridge.

This engineering work located in Jalisco was used to communicate the commercial flow between the highlands of Jalisco and Zacatecas and is probably one of the first tensile structures in Mexico.

However, it had to be removed and relocated for the construction of another engineering work. The Arcediano dam that currently supplies water to the city of Guadalajara

At Hyparch we are proud of our track record in the field of tensile structures. With more than 100 sail projects in Mexico and a modular suspension bridge designed for the Ministry of Communications and Transportation (SCT). With which we are awarded the CICEJ 2016 award.

Tenso Estructuras - puente colgante la tortuga

Tense structures in Mexico – La Tortuga Suspension Bridge

Tenso Estructuras - puente colgante la tortuga

Tense structures in Mexico – La Tortuga Suspension Bridge

Tenso Estructuras - puente colgante la tortuga

Tensile structures in Mexico – La Tortuga Suspension Bridge

And what other tensile structures do you know? Talk to us in the comments.

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