Perched on a Devonian escarpment in Salcombe overlooking the English Channel, this very small but distinctly elegant new cafe installation provides a welcome bolthole for walkers and the more adventurous among us from the extremes of our summer and winter weather.
The canopy is attached to a single continuous wall by a perforated stretch CS Trevira closer detail which ensures the fuggy mix of steam from the water burco’s and body heat from the trail walkers and mountain bikers does not condense and cause a damp atmosphere inside.
The often stiff incoming sea breeze which accelerates upwards over the rising escarpment can be the cause of large deflections in the canopy. This flexible closer detail allows the tensioned canopy and membrane plates to move freely on their spigot / boss attachments which can be seen on the protruding timber truss end caps, thereby ensuring the integrity of the overall structure is never compromised.
The moss green coloured PVC twin cone canopy sails over the top of the timber wall, which cleverly spirals inwards attracting the customer inside through a broad welcoming doorway.
For this project, the client wanted to use a canopy to provide shading over a high level sun terrace at a residential care home in Torquay.
This Malvern canopy from our pre-engineered range is a ‘hypar’ structure which is regarded as the simplest of tensile fabric ‘forms’, but it’s simplicity belies its beauty when it elegantly adorns an otherwise uninspiring expanse of paving. The swooping contoured profile of the canopy allied with the scalloped cable pocket edges provide unique shading patterns beneath which vary constantly depending upon the angle of the sun and the time of day. Only a tensile fabric solution can offer this dramatic and inspiring architectural figure whilst maintaining a large clear span protective zone beneath.
Its construction affords the residents a year round platform from which to view the grand vistas over the town and beyond regardless of the weather.