Company: Shades (Thailand) Co., Ltd.

Project details

Fabric name: Soltis 92
Fabric producer: Ferrari
Fabric supplier: WTH Pte Ltd Singapore
Design: Shades (Thailand) Co., Ltd
Fabrication: Shades (Thailand) Co., Ltd
Project manager: Shades (Thailand) Co, Ltd
Installation: Shades (Thailand) Co, Ltd
Location: Phuket, Thailand
Photos: Shades (Thailand) Co., Ltd

Please describe the project specifications.
The project involved the design, fabrication and installation of a fabric cover over an existing timber pergola of unconventional shape. To meet the owner’s requirements of providing a solution without compromising the visual contribution made by the pergola structure to the overall look of the residence and pool deck, we carefully chose fabric texture and colour to complement the rich colours of the timber, and further enhanced this introduced colour-texture match by using the same fabric and similar-coloured timber and stainless steel supporting accessories for outdoor roller blinds and tensioned canopy-style shade sails on adjacent pavilion buildings. The fabric is Serge Ferrari Soltis 92 which provides almost full shade and also allows all but the heaviest rain to run off the sloping pergola. This is attached to the timber pergola using continuous strapping along three sides and conventional catenary edges and corner/clamp plates along one side. All perimeter cables, corner plates and tensioning screws are constructed from 316 grade stainless steel.

What was the purpose of this project? What did the client request?
Our client’s new residence featured a large timber pergola structure whose purpose was to provide a shaded seating/lounge area on the main outdoor swimming pool patio/deck. After occupying this new house for just a short time the client found that the timber pergola itself did not provide sufficient shelter from the tropical sun or from even the lightest rain, and that the structure was, in effect, of little practical value. He asked us to provide a solution to this which did not, at the same time, diminish or detract from the overall visual appearance of his outdoor area the effect of his “chunky” unconventionally designed pergola.

What is unique or complex about the project?
The design, fabrication and installation of the pergola cover did not, in itself, represent a great technical challenge. However, providing a solution to the sun and rain protection issues without compromising the rather stunning visual effect the pergola structure imparted to the location was more challenging.

What were the results of the project?
The client was delighted with the pergola solution, and equally happy that we were able to carry the theme through to other buildings of his pavilion-style residence and solve other weather protection issues in those locations. Since the completion of this project we have been asked by the client to prepare designs and quotations for other awnings projects at his residence.

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