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Sports Canopy / GS-CA

Sports Canopy / GS-CA
© Morley von Sternberg
© Morley von Sternberg

GS-CA has designed a weather-resistant canopy to shelter the clay tennis courts of the National Tennis Center. Developed by an international team led by George Stowell, the long span structure utilizes a low pressure air inflation system to provide a lightweight aesthetic and spacious playing atmosphere.

More images and more about the canopy after the break.

The canopy is designed as a prototype for future uses and is an experiment examining “seasonal demountability”. Constructed from composite pneumatic fabric beams that span 42 meters, internal steel braces the tensile fabric covering.

© Morley von Sternberg
© Morley von Sternberg

As the canopy can be dismounted at the end of each season, the design provides large savings when compared with the costs of maintaining existing pneumatic structures, and uses 75% fewer materials than similar large span metal structures.

© Morley von Sternberg
© Morley von Sternberg

As seen on World Architecture News.

© Morley von Sternberg
© Morley von Sternberg

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Cite: Karen Cilento. "Sports Canopy / GS-CA" 28 Mar 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/123014/sports-canopy-gs-ca/> ISSN 0719-8884
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