A History of Tension

Aerial of the 1972 Olympic Stadium in Munich, Germany

Designed by Behnisch Architekten and Pohl Architekten, the Max Aicher Arena in Inzell, Germany, is not a tensile structure in the classical sense.

The Aicher Arena uses a highly reflective, low-emissivity membrane fabric to encase roof trusses and help regulate temperature and humidity conditions inside the arena.

The membrane fabric roof over BC Place in Vancouver, Canada, is the world’s largest cable-supported, retractable roof to date. Measuring the same size as the playing field, the nominally 100-meter-by-85-meter roof comprises two layers of PTFE fabric that form a membrane cushion.

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