Thamesmead

Architectural Tensile Fabric Cladding

Project Outline

Trust Thamesmead is a community development agency working to improve the quality of lives of over 30,000 local residents, focusing on the most disadvantaged. After recently being awarded £5 million by the Big Lottery Fund to create a Youth Leisure Zone, the redevelopment of The Southern Arches in Thamesmead began in earnest to create a world-class facility to involve and inspire the local youth with activities including climbing, dance, music and educational courses.

Thamesmead

Our Solution

To create a modern and inviting facade to The Southern Arches situated underneath a busy flyover, a 216 metre long stretch of eccentric arches form an undulating wavy ribbon of tensile fabric. Ranging in height from 2 to 5 metres, this decorative wall fabric cladding will be lit from behind and above with coloured LED lights, creating a welcoming warm glow.

 

Results

The curvaceous forms stand in contrast to the brutal concrete environment, creating a refreshing aesthetic within in the city and superbly illustrating the transformative power of tensile fabric. 

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Project Summary

Client
Trust Thamesmead
Location
Thamesmead, London
Date
2012
Architect
Saville Jones Architects
Contractor
Grehan
Fabric
PVC
Product
Fabric Cladding
Services
Design
Design
Project Management
Project Management
Manufacturing
Manufacturing
Installation
Installation
Maintenance
Maintenance