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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 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: 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: 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 […]

A pergola in Tokai Estate’s courtyard

Tensile Cables has supplied the cables for a large pergola in Tokai Estate’s outdoor courtyard. Tokai Estate is a luxurious retirement village in the Western Cape. It boasts breathtaking views of Constantiaberg, Silvermine Nature Reserve and Table Mountain and is a first-class healthcare facility with top security, entertainment and cultural enrichment. It has five different […]

Tea Cup Chandelier

A Suspended Tea Cup Chandelier

Last month we posted about the ingenuous roof structure over La Motte restaurant’s outdoor courtyard. This month we take a look inside at this playful and creative tea cup chandelier – tea cups and saucers suspended with cables. Each piece of china is individually suspended from the circular base of LED lights by a stainless […]

balustrade system

Balustrade System 11 – Swaged socket to swaged socket terminating into concrete

One of the balustrade systems that Tensile Cables offers is a swaged socket to swaged socket terminating into concrete. This system is suitable when there is no access behind the post. It is specifically useful when there isn’t space for a post for the balustrade to terminate into, or aesthetically it is better for it to […]

La Motte

A tree for a mast at La Motte Winery

Tensile Cables’s sister company, Tension Structures was approached by Malherbe & Rust Architects when La Motte winery was looking for a canopy over their outside seating area at their restaurant. Having designed stunning wine estate structures with the architects before, a creative solution was found to compliment the perfect setting and century old oak trees. Using tensile […]

New Urban Park at the V&A Waterfront in October

Due to be completed in October is a new and vast urban park at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town. The aim of the park is to better connect the city with the sea through a series of pedestrian routes, including one alongside the canal. It is named ‘Battery Park’ after the historical Amsterdam Battery around […]

The Race to Zero GBCSA

The Race to Zero – Green Building Convention 2018

The 11th Annual Green Building Convention will be taking place from the 3 – 5 Oct 2018 at the Century City Convention Centre in Cape Town. This year the convention theme is: THE RACE TO ZERO. There will be a focus on buildings that achieve net zero carbon emissions, as well as building with net-zero water, […]