Carl Stahl is leading the way in lightweight construction architecture. X-TEND stainless steel cable mesh (invented in 1990) opens up a whole new world of spatial possibilities using cables and is the result of the creative partnership with designer Thomas Ferwagner.
The intelligent combination of stainless steel cables and ferrules is the key to a range of shapes for engineered cable mesh constructions. The opposing curvature of the cables permits light, transparent structures possessing extremely high load capacity and long spans due to the low weight of the X-TEND material.
Architecture with X-TEND is transparent and innovative. X-TEND can be used in all kinds of applications including balustrades on bridges and staircases, flexible zoo enclosures, large barrier fences, and building façade trellis systems.
X-TEND stainless steel mesh offers various possibilities for use in architecture and interior design. Different diameters and flexible mesh sizes allow tailor made solutions, from safety structures, stairways, walkways and platforms through zoo enclosures and greeneries up to three-dimensional structures.
From the customer’s initial concept, sketch or drawing, Carl Stahl will create suggestions for future solutions. They will comply with individual wishes to complete projects that meet the performance criteria within the architectural context and complying with regional regulations.
Exceptional ideas demand precision in both design and planning. The engineers at Officium develop plans from the drawing board and can produce models for X-TEND projects. These form the basis of the exact details and shapes of the nets, the dimensions and design.
Initial tensions, strain and loading have to be determined precisely for both small and major construction projects. The structural designers use special computer programs to calculate cable strength, mesh size, constructions and structures.
Special manufacturing systems are used to ensure the fast and precise conversion of the net plans. Stainless steel cables and ferrules are pressed to the predetermined dimension. The customer is supplied with the net as well as the securing and cable system.
X-TEND can be assembled by craftsman shops or installed by Carl Stahl specialists. In both cases, precise planning, manufacturing and preparation are required. Carl Stahl provides information and instructions for self-assembly.
Carl Stahl provides balustrade assemblies with the cable mesh preinstalled on stainless steel frames. X-TEND 2 is available in rectangular or rhomboid form in different sizes and mesh widths. Special assembly kits make installation easy.