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Google's headquarters in Sunnyvale, CA,
features a distinctive awning over its central
plaza that acts like leaves in the sun.
Fabric Filters Sunlight
Sefar Architecture's Tenara fabric controls
sun exposure at Googleplex.
After many experiments, the designers settled on an
unusual curved shape, which was shallow in depth, yet
allowed the membrane to tension evenly.
hen the sun shines through the leaves
Mountain View, CA, envisioned a solution to use fabric
within the steel geometry. Each triangle had to be within
of a tree, it creates an illusion of move-
to create a patio covering that actually let the light in
1 1/2 in. of the connector hubs when fully tensioned. To
ment-of light interacting with the vari-
while keeping the elements out.
accomplish the design goals, the fabricator and installer,
ants of green, reflecting on the ground below. This illu-
With a name synonymous with search, Google metic-
Duvall Design Inc., Rockland, ME, experimented with
sion inspired a recent expansion at Google headquarters
ulously investigated options to find the perfect fabric, de-
different shapes and patterns of fabric membranes to find
in Sunnyvale, CA, which features a distinctive awning
signer, and final look for the patio's canopy. There were
the best fit.
over its central plaza that acts like leaves in the sun.
no doubts that the outcome would be spectacular.
"We started the Google project by producing several
Google's Sunnyvale headquarters, referred to as the
Designers chose Sefar Architecture's (Depew, NY) Te-
mock-up triangles, which we tensioned on steel frames
Googleplex, required a unique covering to match its inno-
nara fabric to shade the Googleplex's central plaza, and
and shipped to the job site," said Charles Duvall of Duvall
vative style-no plain awning would be accepted. This
the fabric has completely transformed the newly outfitted
Design Inc. "After many experiments, we found an un-
desire to live up to the Google brand motivated the proj-
space. The plaza features a large, curved steel trellis, with
usual curved shape, which was shallow in depth, yet al-
ect team to come up with an adventurous design plan.
several hundred tensioned triangles of Tenara fabric, to
lowed the membrane to tension evenly. This curve is
The project team of designer Valerio Dewalt Train Associ-
create a patchwork look.
somewhat flat across center and pointed at the corners of
ates, Palo Alto, CA, and engineers at Thornton Tomasetti,
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The project required nine distinct triangle shapes to fit
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Commercial Architecture November 2015
Lighting Makes, Breaks Retail
Materials Create Honest Expression In High School
Fabric Filters Sunlight
Healthcare Puts Demands On Fixtures
HVAC & Plumbing Products
Aerospace Distribution Center Opts For Intelligent LEDs
Lighting & Electrical Products
Signature Space Created For PR Firm
Office Fronts Encourage Interaction, Ensure Privacy
Windows & Doors Products
Adaptive Reuse Gives A L ift To Former Eatery
Building Technology Products
Commercial Architecture November 2015