Your Partner for Textile Construction

Textile structures were first developed in the 1960s, primarily by Prof. Frei Otto (1925-2015). They represent an elegant, lightweight, and flexible building method that offers countless design possibilities and is an essential part of 21st-century architecture.

Since 2008, 3dtex has been a leading provider of comprehensive design and construction services in the field of textile architecture. We combine quality and aesthetics, precision in detail, and a high level of design acumen to deliver exceptional textile structures.

We plan, manufacture, and install high-quality, well-crafted membrane constructions, ETFE cushion roofs, shading elements, and membrane façades.

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Maintenance: Hafebspitze

May 2023: At the request of our customers, we carry out maintenance and repair work on our buildings. At the “Hafenspitze” in Eckernförde, Germany, we recently carried out maintenance work on the membrane sculpture.

Membrane sculpture Hafenspitze after maintenance and cleaning

Project: Funnel parasol

November 2022: This elegant parasol has been designed to provide shade in public spaces. The design of the parasol takes into account the issue of vandalism and meets the requirements of permanent use in public spaces.

Project: “Wolke 7” Treehouse

August 2022: Not much longer and the Cloud 9 Tree Hotel in Kriebeland will be ready for occupancy. This unique sleeping capsule made of a thermally insulated, translucent double-layer membrane can be inhabited all year round and offers a unique experience.

The Baumhaushotel Wolke7 offers a unique opportunity to spend the night in a heat-insulated capsule in the trees

Project: Particular Matter(s)

March 2022: After a delay of two years due to a pandemic, the exhibition of the artist Tomás Saraceno has now been opened in the New York art center “The Shed”. We designed and manufactured the giant, air-supported sphere and assembled it with our team in Manhattan.

Art object and walk-in net sculpture in New York

Project: Winter Enclosure

February 2022: We developed a prototype for a winter enclosure for the sculptures at Seehof Castle near Bamberg. In addition to the many structural requirements, particular attention was paid to the aesthetic appearance of this design.

Textile winter housing for sculptures in the park

Project: Crystal Tower

August 2021: We constructed a membrane roof for the high ropes course at Tankumsee and installed it with the company Kristall Turm. The dynamic cut complements the shape. The roof protects against sun and rain on the exposed viewing platform on the top floor.

Membrane roof for the high ropes course at Lake Tankum

Project: “Blaues Band”

March 2021: For the BUGA, we assembled this textile landscape sculpture called “Blaues Band” (Blue Ribbon). The design was created in close cooperation with landscape architects Heuschneider and our partners at Voigt Cable Factory.

Textile rope sculpture for the BUGA Park in Erfurt

Workshop: Textile Roofs

July 2019: This year we were again represented at the international textile construction forum “Textile Roofs” with the 3dtex team and implemented a new experimental design together with interested guests.

Experimental membrane structure for the Textile Roof fair in Berlin

Opening of BER Airport in Berlin

October 2020: With the opening of the Berlin Brandenburg Airport, the art object “Gadget”, which we already created in 2012, is finally accessible. The art object by Olaf Nicolai resembles an oversized pearl necklace.

Art in construction: a pearl necklace made of membrane material
Sample frame of the 3d-IsoSkin membrane insulation with translucent thermal insulation

3d-IsoSkin

3d-IsoSkin is a new product from 3dtex GmbH. It enables the creation of a thermally isolated building skin using a thin, translucent membrane.

The awning and tent roof Sternwelle, available as a finished product

Star Wave

The Star Wave is our long-established temporary tent roof. This roof serves as a sunshade and weather protection and is easy to install and transport.

City Umbrella

The City Umbrella is a designer sunshade developed by 3dtex which is used in urban spaces and impresses with its elegant shape and innovative structure.

The city umbrella, a designer piece for public spaces

City Umbrella

The City Umbrella is a designer sunshade developed by 3dtex which is used in urban spaces and impresses with its elegant shape and innovative structure.

Upon request, we can take on individual project phases or manage a project from initial sketch to completion. We collaborate with a network of highly qualified specialists and planners, including fabric manufacturers for ETFE foils, PVC fabrics, PTFE glass fabrics, or silicone-coated glass fabrics.  Furthermore, we work with, testing institutes, membrane engineers, and trained industrial climbers. We hold all threads together. This guarantees you the technically sound, stylish, punctual, and financially flawless realisation of the project.

Our portfolio of services includes the creation of simple idea sketches or design studies with professional advice in the field of textile architecture or ETFE construction. In consultation with our engineers, we develop the structural design and analysis for the membrane including its individual and efficient supporting structures. We supervise the project in all phases of HOAI (Official Scale of Fees), planning according to the latest Eurocode and DIN standards.

In addition, we offer professional ETFE or membrane installation under our supervision. Beyond the completion of our projects, we offer maintenance contracts to check the constructions, providing structural security, improving construction processes and benefiting from experience.

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In textile architecture, it takes courage to imagine the unimaginable. That is why developing cutting-edge materials and building elements is a crucial part of our daily work at 3dtex. We collaborate with various industry and research partners, such as TU Chemnitz, to develop thermal insulation membranes, integrate shading elements into textile façades and roofs, and create new support structures using ETFE foils.

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