Stainless steel cable can be applied to a variety of architectural projects where aesthetic is as critical as function.
For example, cable can be utilised to provide robust, non-climbable fall protection systems that improve safety, while simultaneously looking very sleek and minimalist.
A blended learning space
This is precisely what happened at the development of the Learning and Teaching Building at Monash University in Melbourne.
The Monash building provides a blend of formal and informal learning spaces that are designed to encourage and facilitate collaboration and engagement.
Part of the development included construction of a barrier to the atrium, in which Tensile played a major role. Our brief was to engineer and install the vertical cabling system, which involved over 1,500 cables made from 5mm wire rope.
As well as having an unobtrusive and modern appearance, the barrier system’s fixtures and fittings are completely concealed from view. This creates a very modern clean look that blends in well with the surrounding architecture.
The cables not only provide function and contribute to aesthetics, they are also robust, long-lasting and virtually maintenance-free.
Other applications of stainless steel cable
Another application of cable is the 9-metre tall Wind Roundabout sculpture in Fort Worth, Texas.
Stainless steel cables on the structure support hundreds of metal shapes designed to move with the wind and reflect light from the sun and passing vehicles.
The beauty of using stainless steel cabling for this project is that its flexibility enables it to move in response to the wind, while remaining strong and intact.
Stainless steel cables of varying sizes and configurations can be used for many types of architectural projects. This includes catenary light systems, art installations, vertical facade structures to support climbing plants and more.
If you have an idea for a stainless steel cable project, feel free to get in touch with us for a discussion.