See photos of tensile fabric structures shading large areas with tensioned membranes warped into 3D hypars (i.e. hyperbolic paraboloids). This geometry enables them to retain tension otherwise impossible with single-plane shade fabrics of similar, large size. Hypars create better shade over large, same-sized footprints because fewer fabrics mean fewer gaps between them. Their structural steel columns can be plumb or lean outwards by 15-degrees to enhance visual appeal.
This tensile shade structure cools a San Diego patio. The posts lean outward by 15-degrees.
Shade Comforts designed, fabricated, and constructed this hypar shade structure.
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