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Friday, 31 July 2020 02:08

The SergeFerrari Group announces the acquisition of Verseidag-Indutex thus strengthing its global leader position in Tensile Architecture and Modular Structures and becoming a key player in...

Small Fabric Structures

Wednesday, 08 July 2020 01:18

  Project Entry in LSAA 2011 Design Awards (Cat 7, 7400) Project entered by Tensys Engineers Aside from the images below, no further details have been entered to date.

Medium Fabric Structures

Tuesday, 07 July 2020 12:51

  This project was entered in the LSAA 2011 Design Awards (Cat 2, 2600) Entrant: Tensys Engineers Aside from the images below, no further details have been entered at this stage. This is a...

Large Fabric Structures

Sunday, 05 July 2020 13:23

  Entered in the LSAA 2007 Design Awards (Cat 3, 3003) Entrant: Taiyo Membrane Corp Client: Bureau of Meterology     Architect: Taiyo Membrane CorporationStructural Engineer:...

Spaceframes, Cablenets, Glazing

Sunday, 05 July 2020 12:54

  Entry in the LSAA 2007 Design Awards (Cat 4, 4113) Entrant: S2 Corporation Client: Boeing Australia Limited    Structural Engineer: S2 Corporation Pty LtdSpecialist...

Spaceframes, Cablenets, Glazing

Thursday, 02 July 2020 08:03

  Project: SG4 500m2 Big Dish Solar Concentrator Entrant: Solar Thermal Group - Designer / Fabricator Location: Garran Road - Acton Canberra ACTClient: ANU / Wizard PowerStruct. Eng.: ANU...

Short articles, YouTube videos, blogs or posts found on the internet or posted on the LSAA Facebook page. (in random order)

If any LSAA member has an article or notices something of interest they could email a link and/or text to blogger @ LSAA.org (no spaces)

Scattered domes, in a beer garden, to warm up in on a beautifully sunny winters day. Darling harbour, Sydney

Great find Thin shells, very clean detailing.

#shigeruban #architecture

Thin shells is in Dijon, France.

Boathouse, by
Architecture: Shigeru Ban
Engineering: Buro Happold

From the Spire

I recently had a short trip down to Melbourne and took a few pictures of the Arts Centre Spire which was constructed in the late 1970s.

Conceptually, the spire is a sculpture which was intended to indicate the location of something special located under the tall, tapering open lattice structure.

The "upper spire" is from bolted steel tubes with a geometry utilizing tetrahedrons so as to reduce the number of members meeting at a joint. Four joints are at each higher level and these four are rotated by 45 degrees in plan from those at the adjacent levels.

What an iconic venue in the Kings Domain in Melbourne! And Happy 60th Birthday!! WOW

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This is a unique tensile cablenet structure was designed by Barry Patten of the Architectural firm Yuncken Freeman Brothers, Griffiths and Simpson. Engineering was done by Irwin Johnstone.

Lightweight Structures such as cablenets and tensioned fabric structures often exhibit relatively large deformations under changing loads.

Rock climbers will rely on the extension characteristics of their ropes to cushion any fall to a deceleration that the body can withstand.

However the following link points to an extreme case of an engineered net to safely catch a dear-devil sky diver from a 7600m free fall without a parachute.

A parachute is also an example of a tensioned fabric structure which adopts a geometric form in response to applied loads (person plus air resistance).

See: https://www.createdigital.org.au/extreme-engineering-luke-aikins-skydive/ where the source of this image is acknowledged.

Luke Aikins during his record breaking skydive

 

The LSAA committee has spotted two LSAA member projects in the shortlist of the World Architectural Festival 2018. Congratulations to your respective architects and the LSAA members that have contributed to the project’s success. Please let me know if I have missed a project. #WAF18

http://fabritecture.com/project/westfield-chermside-urchin/

https://www.worldarchitecturefestival.com/

Shopping Completed Buildings: Westfield Chermside Outdoor Dining and Leisure Precinct
- Architects: Scentre Group Design / Urbis / Armada Australia
- Fabrication & Construction: Fabritecture - Custom Fabric Architecture
- Structural Design: Wade Design Engineers

Sport Completed Buildings: Optus Stadium, Perth, Australia 
- Architects: HASSELL COX HKS
- Structural Design: Arup
- Fabric Design and Install: MakMax Australia Tensile Membrane Specialists

The Jewel in Singapore is the latest extension to Changi Airport and is opening soon on April the 17th. Definitely recommend for you next stop over

Changi Airport #Jewel #Changi #Diagrid #Steel

8 March · 

WATCH: Some of the highlights at Jewel Changi Airport, which opens next month. Checking it out?

Bunjil Place has opened! 

This exciting new facility is designed as a cultural hub for the Narre Warren area in Melbourne’s east, and its opening weekend was celebrated with two full days of exhibitions and performances for the community. 

Centralised from our Melbourne office, LSAA Member TTW’s team contributed
structural, civil and façade engineering services and worked closely with FJMT Studio​ and Multiplex to bring this striking multi-functional building to life. 

The building's dominant feature is the timber gridshell, the first of its kind in Australia.

Congratulations to all involved in this exciting project!

http://www.ttw.com.au/projects/bunjil-place/

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North Queensland Stadium construction progress, Townsville. From the video you can see what a great location it is relative the city centre.

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Take a bird’s eye view of the North Queensland Stadium. This footage from Friday 1 March 2019 shows the stadium build is about 38% complete! 

LSAA member Tensys have been developing tensile aviary structures for the Mandai Project, as part of the ever expanding eco-precinct in Singapore. If you haven't been before the highlight is the Night Safari.

#MandaiProject #Nightsafari #Singapore #Tensionstructures #CablenetsVisitSingapore

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The rejuvenation of Mandai will involve the integration of the existing River Safari, Night Safari and Singapore Zoo with upcoming new attractions - includin...

A tower that used the drying process of timber to make the structure self twist

University of Stuttgart #Timber #LSAA

 
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University of Stuttgart engineers have harnessed the natural shrinking process of wood as it loses moisture to create this world-first self-twisted tower in Germany.

"Enter at your own Risk," a trafficable sticky tape sculpture spanning between the walls and the ceiling at the Des Moines Art Centre, USA.

Other guidelines include:
- max 5 people at a time
- no standing, running or jumping
- wear sox etc ...

A BBC article on current and future thinking in robotic construction and construction monitoring

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Will robots, drones and smart diggers create our future homes and workplaces?

New Canopy Holds Up Adelaide’s International Tennis Position.

The internationally sanctioned men’s and women’s tennis tournament will be played under the centre courts new canopy – being designed by COX Architecture.
The canopy, which spans 80 metres in length and covers the two existing grandstands and court areas, was highlighted by Premier Steven Marshall as a decisive factor in Adelaide securing the high-profile sporting event and reinstates Memorial Drive as a world-class tennis venue.
Tennis Australia Chief Executive Office Craig Tiley believes ‘now that we’ve got the roof’ more high-profile tennis tournaments will be seen in Adelaide.
This new canopy adds to COX-led redevelopments made to the Memorial Drive tennis precinct in 2017.
The Anchor project added a new sunken outdoor show court, new match courts and a clay court centre of excellence.Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment David Ridgway said, ‘the newly developed precinct will allow fans to get up close to the action which will take the spectator experience to a whole new level.’
The Adelaide International is a week-long tournament held in January and will serve as a lead-in to the Australian Open.The canopy is currently under construction and will be completed in time for the 2020 tournament.