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What is a membrane lightweight structures?

A membrane lightweight structures is not a stretched canvas or an awning. They are taut lightweight structures ideal for large and open spaces.

Although we usually find them in external areas of tourist or commercial projects, they are also in residential projects. So a membrane lightweight structures, unlike a simple canvas, can take fancy geometric shapes with a simple and light structure that allows covering large gaps.

These flexible membranes have been inspired by nature, especially spider webs, whose structure is based on stress.


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A membrane lightweight structures is inspired by the functioning of cobwebs (sometimes also in shape).

Perhaps the closest thing to a membrane lightweight structure in ancient times was the animal skin tents that nomads built..

The current membrane lightweight structures began to be developed in the 1920s in the United States, Germany, France and England.

Membrane lightweight structures were keyly driven by Frei Otto, who in the 1950s was the first to push simple geometric solutions to complex and organic shapes.

A Membrane lightweight structures, General characteristics and its benefits.

Unlike tejabanes that are traditionally built to cover industrial spaces, tense structures stand out for the following benefits:

Lightweight, earthquake resistant structure.
It takes up a minimum of space.
Protect from ultraviolet rays.
It had no lighting during the day due to its composition.
Easy to clean and maintain.
Requires a wind tunnel analysis and specialized calculation.

The above benefits have positioned membrane lightweight structures as a good option within an architectural project

For these benefits, it is increasingly common to see tensile structures in the urban landscape of cities and regions of Mexico.

In Hyparch we have more than 15 years of experience in the installation of in the Mexican Republic.

A membrane lightweight structures is much more than an awning or a simple stretched canvas cover. It is a complex light tensile structure you can see the differences here.

Let us know your project and offer you a Membrane lightweight structures tailored to your needs. We invite you to visit our project gallery as well as our  online quote..


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