Category 1 - Small Structures - Orion Springfield
Category 2 - Medium Structures - Great Southern Oceans
Category 3 - Large Structures - The Grand Pavilion, RAS
Category 4 - Special Applications - Counter Observation Barrier Screen
Category 1 Small Structures
AWARD – Orion Springfield
This canopy structure over a pedestrian crossing on a busy street
links retail areas and provides a legible and memorable urban
marker to an otherwise complex and perhaps typically
confusing mass of signs, different building forms and materials.
The asymmetrical canopy geometry is an appropriate response
to the urban setting demonstrating the value of integrating
site specific urban considerations with an elegant and
sophisticated light structure.
The location of steel elements, use of colour and emphasis
of the ephemeral character of the canopy fabric together
create an exceptional design response demonstrating
the value of employing light structural concepts in urban settings.
Category 2 Medium Structures
AWARD – Great Southern Oceans
The geometry of this relatively conventional use of fabric
as a shade structure is derived from the site constraints and
layout of outdoor seating to view sea mammals trained for
pool events at Taronga Park Zoo, Sydney.
Together with the architectural elements the light structure
and fabric create an appropriate playful character and
exceptional environment for viewing these events.
The triangulated overlapping forms of the fabric and
tensile structural elements contribute to the audience
experiencing a sense of engagement with the pool activities.
The tensile forms create light and shade patterns of visual
interest throughout the day and also provide an unmistakable
form visible from some distance to mark the location of the venue.
Category 3 Large Structures
AWARD – The Grand Pavilion,
Royal Melbourne Showgrounds
This tensile fabric roof structure is ‘grand’ in every sense
as the scale of the elements and geometric configuration
dramatically emphasises the substantial enclosed area
of the pavilion.
Ventilation and light control elements are integrated
with principal structural members to form a spectacular
interior experience of space. The translucent light through
the canopy fabric further emphasises the lyrical forms
creating an important new interior at the Royal Melbourne
The Grand Pavilion is an exemplary use of light structure
technology to create architecture of significance.
The structure demonstrates sophisticated design and
construction skills providing an impressive facility for the
accommodation of large gatherings within a single flexible space.
CITATION – School of Information Technology, Screen
This structure is designed to improve the interior amenity of a
teaching facility by modifying the heat load from solar access
and negative acoustic effects of the adjacent busy road network.
The structural steel and glazing details form an impressive
architectural screen contributing positively to the design of
the public domain. Theatre advertising is also accommodated
successfully in the structure to provide an effective
architectural resolution to a complex series of spatial and
Category 4 – Special Applications
AWARD – Counter Observation Barrier Screen
This structure is designed to provide protection for people
and facilities exposed to extreme acts of terrorism including
car bomb and rocket attack.
The use of light structure and fabric is normally not associated
with the design of heavy duty protective barriers.
Typically the material of choice is concrete for its mass and
other related properties.
The ingenuity demonstrated by this structure to be able
to protect against the most damaging effects of extreme
explosive force and missile projection is exemplary.
Other advantages of this innovative application of light
structure include speed of erection, transportability and
Citation – Moet and Chandon
An interior experience for a champagne maker has been
created that effortlessly appears to resemble champagne
itself through the use of light, and fabric.
Rarely is an interior design so appropriate to purpose
conceived using light structure and fabric.
The experience of the space sets the mood and tone for
the celebration of all the pleasures that champagne can
bring to human experience.