Nicols Brothers Fabric Structures

4 Ways Fabric Structures Are Changing The Landscape Of Architecture

The future of architecture doesn’t just look futuristic; it actually feels like you’re living on the cutting edge of what’s possible to do with buildings and materials today. The reason behind this new way of thinking comes down to fabric structures, which use state-of-the-art manufacturing techniques and materials to create beautiful and sustainable buildings all over the world. Here are just four ways fabric structures are changing the landscape of architecture.

1) ROI

Fabric structures are making their way into residential and commercial construction. And, from prefabricated walls to temporary modular towers, buildings built with materials like mesh and canvas can be designed for a number of different functions. The reasons for the big top fabric buildings trend comes down to cost. Less time to setup, lower cost of energy consumption, ability for workers to stay in a temperature controlled protected environment (instead of going home), makes fabric structures an effect alternative to standard brick and mortar buildings.

2) Creative shapes

A combination of natural elements and fabric building materials gives architects a lot more freedom in designing structure. Fabric buildings can be shaped into just about any shape you can imagine. Not only this, but they offer all the add-ons a traditional building would. Lights, doors, ceilings, industrial fans, outlets, and more. All while saving you costs on the alternative. 

3) Environmental friendliness

Erecting a structure in less time and using fewer building materials means you’re doing right by Mother Earth. Sustainability is quickly becoming a core part of architectural philosophy, as it should be; our planet has finite resources, and architects can help conserve them by taking into account environmental impact during construction. By working with new technologies and materials that offer benefits for both designers and their environment, designers can feel good about their work. That’s one of the true key factors in the shift to fabric buildings within the world of architecture. 

4) Durability

The traditional wood and steel used in building design is durable, sure, but it’s also heavy. In fact, that’s one reason why so many big buildings take so long to build—it takes a lot of manpower to lift these materials into place. Switching to lighter materials means you can save on costs by reducing labor as well as fuel. 


There are many good reasons to take a further look into fabric structures. As they’re a great way to save cost all while positively impacting our environment. Fabric structures are changing the landscape of architecture and our team here at Big Top Manufacturing is proud to be helping along the way. 

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