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Residential Canopy

The designers at Meyer Davis Studio in New York came to Uni-Systems with a unique challenge; they were working on a modern, high-end residence in a rural setting and were in need of a sleek, minimalist canopy for a garden terrace. The lines of the home demanded a flat, planar canopy design that would fit within the narrow band of structure at the top of the very linear pergola. Yet the canopy needed to be functional. It needed to provide shade from the hot afternoon sun and shelter from the rain, while allowing filtered sunlight.

The result is the sleekest, modern canopy design available and a very happy client. With the En-Fold system’s all-aluminum construction and the Sefar Tenara 4T40 fabric that comprises the tensile membrane, the canopy is designed to last 25 years with minimal maintenance. The Class A-rated Tenara fabric resists staining, delaminating, cracking, or mildewing and can be cleaned with mild soap, water, and soft brush.

The fixed version of the En-Fold system is currently undergoing further refinement to make it function as a semi-fixed, manually tensioned, retractable canopy for the hurricane prone coasts. The intent of this new design is to allow for smaller-scale applications of the En-Fold system, where the fully retractable system may be cost prohibitive and where rapid retraction in the event of a forecasted severe weather event is required.