ACS Production of France, a specialist in textile architecture, will launch ALOE - a structure for providing shade in the garden or beside a swimming pool - in May 2006. The composite structure is made of metal (the foot can also be dressed with wood) and textiles. ALOE was used during televised interviews on the beach of the Hotel Majestic in Cannes for the 2005 Film Festival.
ALOE’s textile structures are inspired by the natural shape of foliage. They are formed on a metal framework dressed with canvas that is held or stretched by arches or masts. The surfaces can take shapes that are particularly complex and highly varied - a way of making an architectural project stand out and giving it a distinctive appearance. These structures are available in a variety of canvas colours. The covered surface is 20m2 and the foot of the structure is articulated and can be oriented through 360°. Other options include the addition of a humidifier or ambient lighting.
ALOE combines an aesthetic design with the intrinsic qualities of canvas and a remarkable anti-ageing resistance. Thanks to Précontraint(r) (pre-stressed) textiles, the canvas retains 80% of its brightness and colour after 10 years. The canvas is exceptionally resistant to stretching when used as part of a permanent structure, keeps its shape perfectly, and is minimally affected by the distortion and damage caused by wind. The translucent canvas also withstands ultraviolet rays.
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