Since the end of the nineties, the open-air-theatre “Cabrio” in Soest, the Netherlands, is used again for (theatre)-performances. In 2001, the municipality Soest assigned Tentech to realize a stage cover to facilitate performances during poor weather.
For the wonderful location in the woodlands nearby Soest, Architect Harmen Werkman designed a roof which fits perfectly in the natural surroundings. Cables suspended from two poles placed at the border of the woods, indirectly support the membrane, which gives the structure a floating appearance. A pressure arch made out of carbon composite is hung in the membrane to broaden the covering-surface. By not directly connecting the border of the membrane to ground-level, a natural scene is created.
A light-construction is suspended from the underside of the membrane. The frame follows the freeform-design of the membrane and can be lowered by electrical winches.