Solar protection/ Textile Architecture/ Tensile structures
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Texo® is a system of fabric structures in which an elastomer is introduced between an extruded aluminum frame and a fabric membrane, producing uniformly pretensed elements that can stretch to absorb loads and then return to their original shape when loads are removed, transmitting extremely reduced stresses to the support structure. This property is particularly pronounced in microperforated weaves, where the pressure difference between the two sides of a panel is very low under wind loads.The system has many applications in fabric elements for sun and weather protection, where any type of fabric available on the market can be used. Microperforated polyester fabric meshes with a PVC coating, which reduce solar energy transmission 30%, are frequently used for sun control applications. For weather protection, fiberglass fabrics with a silicone coating, fiberglass with a PTFE coating (Teflon) and ETFE fabrics are recommended.
Sunshades of polyester fabric with a PVC coating, made with the Texo® system. Louis Vuitton Cup Party, Valencia 2007.
Wood and aluminum structure, fabric roof and side enclosures of fabric strips. Pavilion for the Venice Architecture Biennial, Archeas Associati, 2008.
Protection of archaeological works in Ein Gedi, Israel.
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