Architectural projects that need to combine excellent function with an elegant aesthetic can rely on stainless steel cables to achieve the design objectives. Cables, for instance, can be utilised to provide robust, non-climbable fall protection systems that improve safety, while simultaneously delivering a very sleek and minimalist look.
Monash University, Melbourne
The Learning and Teaching Building at Monash University in Melbourne provides a blend of formal and informal learning spaces that are designed to encourage and facilitate collaboration and engagement.
Tensile played a major role during the construction of a barrier to the atrium in the building. The brief required a vertical cabling system to be engineered and installed using over 1,500 cables made from 5mm wire rope.
The barrier system has an unobtrusive and modern appearance with all fixtures and fittings completely concealed from view. This creates a very clean and contemporary look that blends in well with the surrounding architecture. The cables not only provide function and contribute to aesthetics, but are also robust, long-lasting and virtually maintenance-free.
Wind Roundabout sculpture, Fort Worth, Texas
Stainless steel cables were used for the 9-metre tall Wind Roundabout sculpture in Fort Worth, Texas.
The sculpture features stainless steel cables that support hundreds of metal shapes designed to move with the wind and reflect light from the sun and passing vehicles.
Stainless steel cabling was chosen for this project thanks to its flexibility that allows it to move in response to the wind, while remaining strong and intact.
Stainless steel cables can be used in varying sizes and configurations for many types of architectural projects such as catenary lighting, art installations, vertical facade structures to support climbing plants and more.