Texstyleroofs exclusively employs Frei Otto’s cutting-edge membrane technology in the manufacturing of all our coverings.
With a focus on innovation and quality, we have chosen this exceptional approach to ensure that our products are of the highest standard. By utilizing Frei Otto’s membrane technology, we are able to create superior quality coverings that are not only durable but also offer maximum functionality and aesthetics. At Texstyleroofs, we are committed to providing our customers with the best possible products and services, and this is reflected in our decision to use Frei Otto’s membrane technology in our manufacturing process.
The big breakthrough
Frei Otto began his foray into lightweight construction in 1955 when he designed three small roofs for the horticultural exhibition in Kassel. However, his most significant breakthrough was the West German pavilion for the 1967 World’s Fair in Montreal, as previously mentioned. This pavilion was a standout attraction due to its innovative design and unique appearance.
The pavilion, which spanned 8,000 square meters, was constructed in just six weeks using a flexible polyester material draped over a net of steel cables. The structure was supported by eight irregularly spaced columns and tension cables, resulting in a stunning multi-peaked roof that seemed to float above the ground. Not only was the pavilion functional, but it was also a beautiful and elegant piece of architecture that could easily be dismantled after the exhibition.
Munich Olympic Stadium in 1972
In 1968, Frei Otto collaborated with Gunther Behnisch to design the stadiums and sports complexes for the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich. The roofs they designed were an impressive combination of lightness and strength, which many believed could not be achieved. Building on the tent constructions that Otto had been designing since the 1950s, they used PVC for the roof, making the steel nets that provided both strength and lightness visible.
The transparent tensile roof structure, which covers the stands of the stadium, features multiple peaks and is partially influenced by the shape of the nearby Alpine mountains. Supported by spaced columns and tension cables anchored to the ground, its structure is reflected in the acrylic glass shade, creating a roof that connects the surrounding buildings. Otto also created the fabric roof for the Olympic swimming pool.
Despite the extraordinary achievement of building these innovative structures, the memory of the 1972 Summer Olympics is often overshadowed by the tragic massacre and death of 11 members of Israel’s Olympic team.