tentsile - a hammock style tent suspended from trees by alex shirley smith
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aug 09, 2012
tentsile - a hammock style tent suspended from trees by alex shirley smith


tentsile – a hammock style tent suspended from trees by alex shirley smith

 

 

 

designer and architect alex shirley-smith has initiated crowd-funding to see the development and realization of the most recent iteration of his suspended tent concept ‘tensile’. shirley-smith has been developing the range since 2011 and is now seeking resources to realize ‘tentsile 2′ – a temporary, portable dwelling able to be affixed to surrounding tree trunks, mimicking a spider’s web.


the new concept seeking crowd-funding

 

 

 

the hammock-style lodging is made from 3 weights of rip-stop nylon sheet fabrics, where ‘tentsile’ employs the material’s innate strengths for various sections of the body, however is also able to maintain light-weight qualities for ease of transport. the creator sees the concept as not only appropriate for regular globe trotters, but also habitation for biological research groups who traverse through nature and need to travel light.

the 8 person variation of ‘tentsile’

 

 

 

‘tentsile’ comes in a range of sizes to suit different locations or environmental conditions. each unit is bespoke and tailored to the specific needs of the user,  the floor of ‘tentsile’ can also be replaced with trampoline mesh to forge an enclosed play space. you can visit the site to support the design here.

 

 

 

 

 


‘prototype’

 


concept ‘tentsile’ example location

 


concept ‘tentsile’ example location


two person iteration

 

 

 


video of ‘tentsile’ set-up

 

 

 

tentsile 2 product specifications:

material: silicon coated nylon rip-stop fly sheet, PU coated texturised nylon hammocks, mesh bed flooring, 35mm webbing strap skeleton, 30mm aluminium central pole, 6 x aluminium battens
maximum load capacity:
400 kg
set up time: about 20-30 mins

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