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Kingly Court, Carnabystreet, London
Year of construction
Name of the client/building owner
Single Point Project Management
Function of building
Shops and stores
Degree of enclosure
Temperate - cold winters and mild summers
Number of layers
Type of application of the membrane
Primary function of the tensile structure
- Rain protection
- Sun protection
Designed by MRP Architects for their property owning clients, the intent for the canopy is to provide short term temporary cover for events such as fashion shows within the courtyard.
The brief at Kingly Court was for a stylish structure which would provide the perfect backdrop for events, and yet provide shelter from the changeable British weather. This meant that not only was there a real need to quickly install and remove the canopies at short notice, it was also vital to ensure as much of the canopy and ancillary structural components as possible could be removed to comply with stringent Planning Office requirements.
The stunning structure, made of Gore Tenara, comprises three inverted cones, protecting the courtyard below from the weather. The shape of the cones, similar to several projects completed by Architen in South Africa and the UK, required a detail to collect and channel rainwater to central down pipes. Fabricated using high translucency Gore Tenara membranes, the cones were flexible enough for continual installation and removal whilst still retaining full strength and an appealing aesthetic.
The overall result has been well received by client and end users. When installed the canopies dramatically change the courtyard and enhance the perception of the space as an events area without significantly reducing light levels.
Description of the environmental conditions
Material of the cover
Main dimensions and form
Duration of use
Temporary or permanent structure
Convertible or mobile
Convertible and mobile