THE ADVANTAGES OF TEXTILE FACADES
Communities and businesses that choose textile facade buildings get the advantages of light, aesthetic and environmentally friendly architecture. Currently acknowledged as a sustainable and environmentally friendly material, textile facades are becoming increasingly popular around the world. Let’s take a look at these innovative facades and their characteristics.
WHAT’S A TEXTILE FACADE?
A textile facade is a textile membrane stretched over a timber or steel structure. The textile membrane is PVC-coated polyester fabric coated with an anti-soiling varnish. These very strong fabrics protect and insulate buildings without blocking out natural daylight.
5 GOOD REASONS TO CHOOSE A TEXTILE FACADE CONSTRUCTION
1. FOR BRIGHT AND LIGHT ARCHITECTURE
Light, fluid and aerial, textile facades are instant eye-catchers. Their aesthetics, modernity and sleek design stand out, while blending perfectly into the urban environments that surround them.
Beyond their design, the architectural qualities of textile facades are not to be outdone: they let natural daylight inside the building. The importance of natural daylight and its proper management in architecture is no longer to be proven, and textile facades make it possible to create complex structures while guaranteeing maximum natural daylight.
2. FOR INSTALLATIONS THAT ADAPT TO ALL TYPES OF PROJECT
Cities and towns in France call on SMC2 to build sports or school facilities with textile facades (paddle ball courts, 3×3 basketball courts, 5-a-side football pitches, bowling alleys, school playgrounds, etc.), and industrial and service sector businesses use textile facades for all kinds of buildings (offices, storage warehouses, etc.).
Why? Because textile facade constructions offer a wide variety of shapes, volumes and uses. They adapt perfectly to every project.
At SMC2, our metal-textile architecture and timber construction expertise have made it possible for us to successfully complete different textile facade building projects:
- A sports school yard with a micro-perforated textile facade;
- A 13,000 m2 cement manufacturing plant;
- Europe’s biggest athletics hall in Miramas, with a textile facade resting on a glue-laminated timber frame.
3. TO GET A FIRST-RATE COMMUNICATION MEDIUM
There’s nothing like a textile facade to enhance a project, set it apart from others and catch the eye of passers-by. This is because the large textile membrane surfaces that cover the constructions are valuable communication media.
Every square metre of textile facade can feature an image, a logo, a striking message, or simply inform of opening hours for the location.
The generous sizes of these modern structures make large scale or even very large scale displays possible! At a time when advertising on traditional billboards no longer has the same impact as before, textile facades are a great card to play for all projects looking for visibility.
4. TO CREATE RELIABLE STRUCTURES
By combining a metal structure with a textile covering, our constructions benefit from the advantages of both materials:
1. Strength and durability;
2. Low ground load and fast construction.
Textile membranes also make it possible to combine a wide variety of materials on a project. Depending on requirements, we combine them with timber, steel or composite structures.
5. TO BUILD A PLEASANT AND ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY LIVING SPACE
Textile membranes provide perfect protection from the elements and filter out UVs. All these qualities provide unrivalled comfort inside the building:
- Thermal comfort both in summer and winter;
- Acoustic comfort with a decrease in annoying echoes and resonance effects that can seriously disrupt work in a business or disturb the general public.
Textile facades also provide a tailored response to the need to optimise energy consumption. They create efficient bio-climatic shells by providing good insulation, while taking advantage of the sun’s heat. This significantly reduces heating costs for such structures. Textile membranes are also 100% recyclable.
Even though the fabrics used have some similarities in their production methods, they are custom-made for each project. This allows us to precisely fulfil the specifications of each building under construction depending on the required characteristics.
Want more information? Interested in textile facades for one of your projects? The SMC2 experts are there to help, feel free to contact us!