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Grimshaw unwraps tensile canopy system

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Grimshaw has unveiled this new tessellating canopy system 

The practice has been working with tensile designers MDT-tex to develop the product which it saidoffers 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.’

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