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BRIEFINGS

SWATCHES

Underwater shade

W

Tensile membrane offers
two times more natural
light transmission than
standard weldable PVDF
membranes as well as
twice the heat protection,
making it ideal for creating
an outdoor performance
and relaxation space.
Photos: ©Lightweight
Manufacturing.

14 REVIEW MAY 2019

hen you think about outdoor
spaces for people to congregate,
a water tower is probably not on the
list. But on the campus of Penn State
University, State College, Pa., a new
water tower located next to the Palmer
Museum of Art and the Stuckeman
School of Architecture and Landscape
Architecture was the perfect spot to
create a gathering place.
Under the 140-foot tower, a seating
and stage space was created, covered by
a tensile structure initially designed by
Derek Kalp, PLA, ASLA, and landscape
architect at the Penn State Physical
Plant, and students at the Stuckeman
School. The canopy serves two purposes:
protection from the elements and
providing a defined space that minimizes
the effect of the large tower.
Pennsylvania-based companies
Signature Structures and Lightweight
Manufacturing Inc. worked together to
manufacture the tensile canopy, made
of a Flexlight™ Xtrem TX30-III membrane
from Serge Ferrari, a world leader in
flexible composite material technology.
The fabric features a patented
crosslink technology that makes it
extremely durable in harsh conditions,
achieved by applying a coating under
biaxial tension (along both the warp and
the weft) throughout the manufacturing
cycle. The flexible frame, made from
high-tenacity PET microcables, is
coated with several layers of polymers,
followed by a dirt-resistant surface
treatment. The process creates unique
properties in terms of resistance,
dimensional stability and weight,
eliminating deformation due to load.
The canopy is finished with changing
LED lights, creating a welcoming
space to enjoy the outdoors day or
night, no matter the weather. For more
information, visit www.sergeferrari.com.


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