The Sun Park Tennis Center was constructed within Beijing Sun Park using a pressurized air structure made from a Shelter-Rite architectural fabric with Tedlar® polyvinyl fluoride film (PVF).
Client: Sun Park Tennis Center
Fabric: Shelter Rite® Brite™
Engineer: Ohlson Lavoie, Corp.
Fabrication and Installation: Yeadon Fabric Domes, Inc. and MetaSpace Technology Co., Ltd
While the origins of the sport lie in Western cultures, tennis has become a very popular sport in China. It has been reported that as many as 14 million Chinese are regular tennis players on the 30,000+ tennis courts in the country. The number of participants continues to grow at a rate approaching 15% per year, resulting in a business segment driving an exchange of $15 billion annually.
The ever-increasing number of tennis players, coupled with its TV presence (it's the third most popular sport on Chinese TV), has increased the demand for additional, easily accessible facilities. In much of the country, outdoor courts are only usable for a portion of the year, and building hard shell tennis enclosures is often cost prohibitive. The use of architectural fabrics for building construction is increasing in popularity worldwide, particularly in China.
Prior to 2006, there were 15 outdoor tennis courts in Beijing's Sun Park, an expansive green space near the city's center. As a result, tennis enthusiasts were unable to enjoy their favorite pastime in inclement weather.
In 2006, The Sun Park Tennis Center was constructed within Beijing Sun Park using a pressurized air structure made from a Shelter-Rite architectural fabric with Tedlar polyvinyl fluoride film (PVF). This design concept relies on low air pressure to inflate and secure a large permanent structure. Because of the tension provided by the pneumatic pressure, these structures are able to carry wind and snow loads. The 4,000-square-meter tennis center houses six tennis courts and is fully environmentally controlled so that the courts can be used year-round.
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