In collaboration with Uni-Systems, LLC, a manufacturer of mechanized structures and components, SEFAR Architecture’
The Soho Beach House is a world-class private members club, hotel and spa on the site of the historic Sovereign Hotel. Its redesign and expansion required a delicate balance of old and new, as well as a delicate balance of aesthetic and functional requirements in a tourist and hurricane-prone area. SEFAR Architecture’
Utilizing framework around each level’s outdoor environment, the Uni-Systems retractable roof drives the folding TENARA fabric with mechanization units, gently unfolding it until it stretches out completely.
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TENARA Fabric’s unique ePTFE composition allows double the light transmission of similar materials – 40% versus the industry standard maximum of 20%. This was a key consideration for the project team, as trees under the fabric roof were specifically chosen from various locations throughout the Miami area and needed to receive a certain amount of light to stay healthy.
“In a project as high-profile as the Soho Beach House, our TENARA fabric really delivers,” says Peter Katcha, Director, North American Sales for SEFAR Architecture. “We aim to meet specifications that no other fabric on the market can currently meet, and our partnership with Uni-Systems only scratches the surface of what we can do with our product.”
In terms of durability and severe weather resistance, SEFAR Architecture and Uni-Systems worked together to make sure both issues were covered. Uni-Systems built a state-of-the-
“We’ve seen with our own eyes how TENARA performs,” says Fervoy. “Despite the open terraces and balconies above it, it is extremely easy to keep clean and white. It doesn’t have one yellow spot on it and we anticipate that it will stay bright and clean for the life of the material.”
SEFAR Architecture TENARA Fabric 4T40HF was used for the Soho Beach House project. 4T40HF offers 38% light transmission, is woven from ePTFE fabric and is also fluoropolymer-
“TENARA is really a magic fabric,” says Cyril Silberman, CEO and Founder of Uni-Systems. “It can be tensioned to over 600 pounds per running foot – more than any other flexible umbrella material. Overall, its beauty, light transmission and longevity makes our system a cut above all others of its kind.”
Due to the success of the retractable awning application, Uni-Systems will be demonstrating the system with TENARA Fabric at the AIA 2011 National Convention and Design Exposition, May 12-14 in New Orleans, LA at Booth #1263.
High-res photos are available at: http://www.larsonobrien.com/
To see a video of the Soho Beach House retractable fabric canopy, visit: http://www.youtube.com/
The Soho Beach House project was completed in November 2010. Members of the project team include architect Shulman+Associates, Miami, FL, general contractor Moss Construction Management, Fort Lauderdale, FL, facility manager Soho House, West Hollywood, CA and facility owner Ryder Properties, LLC.
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SEFAR Architecture is a leading manufacturer of monofilament precision and ePTFE yarn fabrics and fabric systems for interior and exterior architectural applications. With comprehensive knowledge in textile architecture, Sefar has cooperated with experienced lighting technicians and polymer experts to develop a new generation of fabrics for the architectural and design community. For more information on SEFAR Architecture’