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.

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

tentsile - a hammock style tent suspended from trees by alex shirley smith ‘prototype’

 

tentsile - a hammock style tent suspended from trees by alex shirley smith concept ‘tentsile’ example location

 

tentsile - a hammock style tent suspended from trees by alex shirley smith concept ‘tentsile’ example location

tentsile - a hammock style tent suspended from trees by alex shirley smith two person iteration

 

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

 

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

 

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