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the finished
[ PROJECT ]

Portico shade structure

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LOCATION
Ler Village, Bhuj, Gujarat, India
FABRIC
Sattler Pro-Tex
SIZE
12 meters diameter
PROJECT PARTNERS
Vipul Mehta and Dipesh Shroff,
Schafbock Design Workshop
PHOTOS
Schafbock Design Workshop

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hen a client requested a cover for the entry of a workshop/studio,
Schafbock Design Workshop of Gujarat, India, took on several challenges,
according to Schafbock's Shehzad Irani. These included the timeline,
which was just 45 days from concept design to installation, and the site, a fully
functioning hand-printed garment design workshop in a residential area. In
addition, the team was challenged with new design processes for the form-find
as well as design-engineering and manufacturing of the structure.
With no workers skilled in pre-stressing cable nets, installing or accurately
measuring such a complex 3D structure, the responsibility fell on engineer Vipul
Mehta and Irani to provide the system detailing, engineering support and project
management to be able to realize the structure. This was achieved by ensuring
accuracy of the finished structure by continuous monitoring, creating new protocols,
methods of measurement, and special customized tools and tackles to do the same
using whatever off-the-shelf resources were available. " Once systems were in place
it was just a bit more tedious than conventional fabric structures of this scale, but
doable, " Irani says.
Established in 2002, Schafbock Design Workshop designs and manufactures
tensile structures including car parks, gazebos, tensile roof canopies, portable
warehouses and tensioned facades. " This project cracks open the possibility of using
cable-supported membrane and roofing systems for large unsupported places with
a fraction of the cost and labor engagement for us, " Irani says. " Our team was able
to create this structure in record time, and work on different protocols and designengineering tools to prove and detail such a structure. It is merely a matter of
scaling this up now. "



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