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Storm-Resistant Textile Architecture in Youghal | MDT-tex
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Storm-Resistant Textile Architecture in Youghal | MDT-tex

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    Outdoors
  • Applications

    Individual weather and sun protection system
  • Characteristics

    Reinforced structure, salt and UV resistant membranes, in-ground lighting, good drainage system
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Located in County Cork, Ireland, an existing parking lot in the small seaport town of Youghal was transformed into a meeting place. In consultation with MDT-tex's creative team, a space of approximately 450 square meters was covered by storm-resistant tulip umbrellas that measure six by six meters.

Storm-resistant installation on the coast

Due to their freestanding arrangement directly along the coastline, the umbrellas are exposed to extreme wind. A solid static calculation was necessary as the umbrellas are placed in open position most of the time. All struts are reinforced and the membrane has been manufactured in a tear-proof way, good for winds at speeds of up to 110 km/h. MDT-tex was responsible for structural calculations as well as all the permissions and licenses. Delivery and installation was handled by MDT-tex’s team of specialists. All masts and spokes are colored white, and form a harmonious whole together with the membranes. By using dual mast pipes, the Youghal umbrellas can handle twice as much water. The water is channeled into the Irish Sea through a newly installed drainage canal.

  • Drainage of the space operated by the umbrella
  • New installation of square drainage system
  • In-ground lighting
  • Full-service installation incl. civil engineering work
  • Can be used all year round
  • Reinforced structure for masts with special heights
  • Extremely salt and UV light resistant membranes

The 12 umbrellas that measure six by six meters cover the former parking lot and convert it into a meeting place capable of withstanding a wide range of weather conditions. Local residents have since lovingly nicknamed the area Umbrella Square.

The municipal administration was able to enhance the location’s appeal for tourists and protect its visitors from rain while they go to the weekend market.

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