Enclosed on all four sides with light entering only from the opening above, the atrium was the focal point of the renovation. The owner wanted to preserve the openness and light of the space while creating a convertible area that is open-air in good weather and enclosed in bad.
The solution was a beautiful retractable, folding roof system featuring SEFAR Architecture’
The HVB Forum features 5,500 square feet of TENARA Fabric’s 4T40HF, which offers 38% light transmission to allow maximum sunlight into the courtyard and surrounding office windows. The atrium’s open-air feeling is maintained even on cloudy days when the cover is in use due to the high light transmission of the fabric. The flexibility of the TENARA Fabric has enabled it to withstand regular folding and unfolding while its unique split-pleat construction is used for rainwater management.
“The TENARA Fabric foldable roof system allows for the continued use of this historical building while meeting the needs of adequate light transmission, protection from inclement weather, flexibility and visual appeal,” says Peter Katcha, Director of North American Sales for SEFAR Architecture.
TENARA Fabric is woven from high-strength expanded ePTFE fluoropolymers, and is also fluoropolymer-
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The HVB Forum project was completed in 2006. Members of the project team included architects Guido Canali and Gilberto Botti, Munich, Germany and engineer/fabricator Clauss Markisen Projekt GmbH, Bissingen, Germany.
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