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Kingly Court | Membrane | United Kingdom


General information
Location address Kingly Court, Carnabystreet, London
Location country United Kingdom
Name of the client/building owner Single Point Project Management
Function of building Shops and stores
Type of application of the membrane covering
Primary function of the tensile structure Rain protection
Sun protection
Degree of enclosure Open structure
Climatic zone Temperate - cold winters and mild summers
Number of layers mono-layer
Short description of the project Designed by MRP Architects for their property owning clients, the intent for the canopy is to provide short term temporary cover for events such as fashion shows within the courtyard.

The brief at Kingly Court was for a stylish structure which would provide the perfect backdrop for events, and yet provide shelter from the changeable British weather. This meant that not only was there a real need to quickly install and remove the canopies at short notice, it was also vital to ensure as much of the canopy and ancillary structural components as possible could be removed to comply with stringent Planning Office requirements.

The stunning structure, made of Gore Tenara, comprises three inverted cones, protecting the courtyard below from the weather. The shape of the cones, similar to several projects completed by Architen in South Africa and the UK, required a detail to collect and channel rainwater to central down pipes. Fabricated using high translucency Gore Tenara membranes, the cones were flexible enough for continual installation and removal whilst still retaining full strength and an appealing aesthetic.

The overall result has been well received by client and end users. When installed the canopies dramatically change the courtyard and enhance the perception of the space as an events area without significantly reducing light levels.
Misc. project details
Duration of use
Temporary or permanent structure Temporary
Convertible or mobile Convertible and mobile
Material of the cover
Cable-net/Textile/Hybrid/Foil Fabric
Material Fabric/Foil Tenara
Main dimensions and form
Involved companies
Architects MRP architects
Contractors Architen Landrell Associates Ltd.
Editor Evi Corne
Order TensiNet Publications


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