What are Stretch Tents or Hybrid Marquees
Stretch Tents or Hybrid Marquees are temporary or semi permanent structures, made from a flexible, strong and waterproof fabric. They are most commonly referred to as Stretch Tents and occasionally as ‘Freeform’, ‘Bedouin’ or ‘Nomadic’ tents. These terms point to their origin in Africa, where our tents are still manufactured to this day. However, the modern stretch tent is a complete new and innovative tent system. They are either freestanding and held up by internal poles, or partly attached to existing structures. Integration into the existing framework provided by buildings and gardens, is one of the many unrivalled strength of this tent system.
Why use Stretch Tents
For many years, the Events-Market has been dominated by traditional marquees. Their rectangular shape imitates that of a hall and they are made from flat, cold and shiny plastic. They fulfil their purpose well, however, the uniform walls and ceiling fail to create much of an atmosphere. In contrast, the Stretch tent fills us with awe and joy as we enter it and the visitors eye is drawn to the beautifully complex shapes of the structure. Adding to that is their natural affinity to lighting. For examples, have a look at the picture Gallery.
The easiest places to pitch stretch tents or hybrid marquees are flat, unsealed areas, where we can drive anchor pegs in the ground. In the urban environment however, where driving pegs is not possible, we can use anchor dead weights. By using a variation of pole length, we can create a great looking installation on uneven terrain, for example where the stretch tents reach over part of a planted garden or incorporate several levels of a terraced garden. This is an other situations, where the stretch tents have a great advantage over the traditional marquee, as only stretch tents can be set up on such uneven terrain, as for example in this amphitheater on the image below.
What is unique about Flexitenz
One of the many great features of the Flexitenz Stretch tents is the option to connect several tents together. Due to this unique, yet simple system, we can easily create space for hundreds of people. Further, it allow us to seamlessly work around corners. The jointing system is paired with a fully integrated internal gutter, which drains the water away from the tent. In combination with the stretchy nature of the fabric, we have almost limitless flexibility in configurations. Hence we can work with the prevailing weather conditions. This means either having the stretch tents totally open or closing down some sides. With the use of drop sides, the tents can be entirely enclosed. A number of the drop sides are clear, allowing your guests to stay connected with the outside environment or simply enjoy the vistas.