Grimshaw has unveiled this new tessellating canopy system
The practice has been working with tensile designers MDT-tex to develop the product which it said ‘offers both the flexibility that comes with modular canopies and the engineering advantages of a unified structure.’
A structure using the system has been built in the courtyard of the Palais Thurn & Taxis in Frankfurt as part of the Light + Building show.
Made from a series of smaller individual 4m-tall canopy units, each is connected to its neighbour to create a unified form.
The overall form is comprised of tessellating diamond and square-shaped canopies that fit together in a variety of configurations.
Grimshaw associate, Jorrin ten Have, said: ‘Grimshaw and MDT-tex have been designing, testing, prototyping and enhancing the Tensilation canopy system for the past 12 months and it was great to see the final product showcased in a public celebration of design and creativity.’
Enlai Hooi, creative director at MDT-tex, added: ‘We have never had such a productive and intense collaboration as with Grimshaw Architects. Every part of the product has been created with equal input and enthusiasm from both sides, and it has been a fantastic experience.’