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Holiday Lodge with a view in Tanzania

Images from World of Architecture All images © Stevie Mann Johannesburg-based architectural firm Nicholas Plewman Architects designed this lodge in Ruaha National Park, Tanzania. Jabali Ridge is a beautiful, sophisticated building set amid huge granite boulders with mesmerising views across the vast wilderness of the National Park.   It overlooks a landscape dotted with spiky palms […]

Cummings: Suspended Staircase in Waterfall City

Tensile Cables was commissioned by A & D General Services to supply stainless steel cables to suspend a two flight staircase at the Cummins Southern Africa Regional Offices (CSARO) in Midrand. The Cummings Building forms part of the new Urban developments in the Waterfall Logistics Precinct in Waterfall City. While other solutions were attempted to secure […]

Dr Pixley Memorial Hospital external sun louvers

Tensile Cables was tasked by Robertson Ventilation Systems with supplying Stainless Steel cable systems to structurally support external sun louvers for the Dr Pixley Ka Isaka Seme Memorial Hospital near Bridge City mall, north of Durban. External building facades have a direct impact and cost saving on the energy requirements of a building. Tensile Cables […]

Colored Pavilion by Architect Martin Pelaez

Image from ArchDaily Text description provided by the architects. Multicolored Pavilion, is a 50.0 m2 play pavilion designed for Fundaland, the inclusive and supportive park of Fundación A LA PAR. The Foundation works towards the rights and participation of people with intellectual disabilities in society. It has the archetypical shape of a house to show that it […]

Product feature – Wood screw to concrete system

One of the many balustrade systems that Tensile Cables has to offer is our iconic wood screw going into wood and terminating into concrete on the opposite side. This system is very suitable to use when there is no access behind a wood post or concrete pillar or when you can’t move the post or […]

A Timber and Cable balustrade in Durbanville

In the beautiful suburb of Durbanville, famous for its incredible views and wine Estates, like Diemersdal, a local resident wanted to modernize the old Stainless-Steel balustrade staircase in this home. The wooden staircase winds its way centrally up 3 stories to the top floor. Robert Mckendrick from Scotchworx was contacted to assist with the new […]

Hanging Gardens at the Perez Art Museum, Miami

Image from ArchDaily The outside of this exquisite building creatively meets with what is inside the Perez Art Museum. Designed by world renowned Artist Patrick Blanc, the vertical gardens at the entrance to the museum are inspired by the hanging gardens of Babylon. The hanging gardens were created out of fibreglass tubes supported by galvanised […]

A second suspended staircase

In May 2019, we featured an impressive staircase by GL Welding suspended by cables for a minimalist finish in a clients home. They have since installed a second staircase at the residence, also featuring a complimentary glass balustrade. The cables are neatly secured into the ceiling and fitted to the edge of each stair, with […]

Enclosed courtyards liven up urban areas

“Internal courtyards bring light and ventilation to buildings that are constrained by party walls – ideal for high-density areas – plus they offer welcome outdoor space in urban areas.” – Nemone Bieldt of Indigo Architects in Cape Town, Visi Magazine. With the square meterage of homes becoming increasingly smaller and more urbanised, it is essential […]

Timber and Cables Staircase Balustrade at Residence in Hout Bay

Robert McKendrick of Scotchworx Carpentry turned his skilled trade to his own residence for this transformational solution to a flatlet at his home in Hout Bay. Situated on a rise surrounded by mountains in the beautiful suburb of Hout Bay in Cape Town, McKendrick has made valuable changes to his property to capitalise on the […]

User Guide to Stainless Steel Maintenance

A User Guide to Stainless Steel Maintenance by SASSDA

Maintenance and cleaning of stainless steel extends its lifespan. Read this manual issued by SASSDA to read correct methods of maintenance. The South African Stainless Steel Development Association offers technical support and information for suppliers and users of stainless steel products. Tensile Cables’s cables and cable fittings are made from Marine Grade 316 stainless steel. The […]

Can Austenitic stainless steels be magnetic?

Can Austenitic stainless steels (like Marine Grade 316) be magnetic?

The answer is yes. And this is not an indication of the integrity of the product or whether it is susceptible to corrosion. According to SASSDA (Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association) the following is true of Austenitic stainless steels: Yes, Austenitic stainless steels (types 304, 316 etc), are generally non-magnetic in the fully annealed […]

Suspended Stainless Steel Staircase

Suspended Staircase by GL Welding

Tensile Cables supplied the cables for this unique suspended staircase in collaboration with GL Welding and Next Level Balustrading. Cables offer an aesthetically pleasing solution that is also structurally sound for tight spaces where traditional structural and balustrading solutions would impose on the space. Instead the stairwell remains open and well lit connecting the below […]

Epicurious-Garden

Epicurious Garden in South Bank, Australia

At the Epicurious Garden in South Bank in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, creative solutions have been used in this edible community garden through trellises including a green wall statement signage piece with tensile cables. An ‘epicure’ is by definition “a person who takes particular pleasure in fine food and drink”, and this community garden is “part […]

Cables provide a minimalist solution for an outdoor space in Constantia

Tensile Cables supplied the cables for a pergola and handrail solution to finish a patio at a home in Constantia, Cape Town. Accura Construction Solutions worked in conjunction with Joe De Villiers Architects to negotiate with the owner on a minimalist solution to both the shading of the patio and to meet council requirements on […]

Cable House

The Cable House by Tom Robertson Architects

Tom Robertson Architects were responsible for the minimalist beauty that is the Cable House in Port Melbourne, Vic, Australia. The home was designed with paired back materials for simplicity. This perfectly suited the introduction of cables for structural and aesthetic solutions in various parts of the house. The cables also allowed for more greenery despite the […]

Photo story: Suspended Staircase in Midrand

Tensile Cables was commissioned by A & D General Services to supply the stainless steel cables to suspend a two flight staircase at the Cummins Southern Africa Regional Offices (CSARO) in Midrand. While other solutions were attempted to secure the staircase from a structural point of view, cables offered a more aesthetically pleasing solutions to secure […]

AfrisamSAIA 2017/2018

Sustainable Architecture awarded at AfriSam-SAIA

Image courtesy of Visi The winners of the 2017/2018 AfriSam-SAIA (South African Institute of Architects) Award for Sustainable Architecture + Innovation were announced at the end of October. Take a look at some of the incredible designs sensitive to the human – environment relationship, winners in the Sustainable Architecture category. House Burnett Prinsloo by architect […]

pergolas

Pergolas: Tokai Estate is ready for the festive season!

Tokai Estate’s pergolas have been finished in time for the festive season. The steel beams have been painted and the greenery planted in the planters ready to grow along the stainless steel cables to the pergolas above. Take a look at the pergolas in the photo story below. For more information on our pergolas and […]

Obscourt

Obscourt: Eco-friendly sustainability

Tensile Cables was commissioned by Hortcourture Landscape Architecture & Planning to supply cables and fittings for uniquely designed cables trellises at the new development in Observatory – Obscourt. The Obscourt apartments offer an all round student accommodation including private gym and heated roof top swimming pool & braai facilities. It is ideally situated to service the […]