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Blooms of Bressingham

For their first British project Blooms wanted a landmark structure that they might repeat on other centres, and fabric forms naturally into dramatic, flowing geometrical curves.

With fabric, too, the form and the engineering are the same: given particular mast positions and edge conditions, it has to assume a certain shape to gain strength and stability. Varying the mast and tie-downs along the edges also changes the fabric’s form, although it will always have a double curvature that comes from the tension between the upward thrust of the mast and the downward pull of the tie-downs.

This gives scope to experiment at the design stage to find the optimum form. Here, using a fabric with many fold lines, double quilted for better insulation, increased the geometrical complexity and we worked with Aura Fabric Engineering to devise a neat aesthetic solution for the 2,000 m² centre.

Folded fabric engineering for a gardening centre which can be repeated on other projects

LOCATION
Bressingham, UK
CLIENT
Blooms of Bressingham
ARCHITECT
HPW
PROJECT VALUE
£ 500,000
COMPLETION
2000
 AWARDS
  • 2001 South Norfolk Design Award