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Lightweight geometric forms filling an internal space generally with no applied environmental loads - from wind, rain or snow - but usually a small amount of prestress.

 

LSAA 2011 Design Award Entry (Cat 7, 7321) Pou Manawa - Auckland International Airport

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

Pou Manawa (Maori name for the Tree) is the heart of the new retail centre at Auckland International Airport, it stands proud where people gather, coming and going from their journeys around the world.

Fabric Structure Systems were approached with a brief to develop the significant sculptural piece for the Auckland International Airport’s retail departures area.

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This project was entered in the 2013 LSAA Design Awards (Cat 1, 1567)

Entrant: LAVA

Location: Casula Powerhouse, Casula NSW

Client: Object Gallery

Completion Date: July 2013

APPLICATION OF PROJECT:

Cloud City: An urban ecosystem is a sculptural rendition of Chris Bosse’s vision of a future city - a soaring, stretched membrane cloud anchored to the ‘city’ on the gallery floor by high-rise towers that have been re-skinned and revitalised. A series of large circular forms, doubly curved, is made of stretchy lycra.

The installation is part of a nation-wide exhibition by 12 Australian designers that explores the potential of design in our lives and generates ideas that could ‘change the way we inhabit the world’.

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Entered in the LSAA 2007 Design Awards (4001)  Category Internal and Sculptures

Entrant: Taiyo Membrane Corp (MakMax)

Client: Moet & Chandon Australia     Architect: Chris Bosse (PTW)
Structural Engineer: Xiang Du (TMC)    Fabricator(s): Taiyo Membrane Corp

Application and Function:

The marquee was for Melbourne Cup 2005, Australia’s biggest annual horse racing event.  It was created

to transform a marquee to a striking, atmospheric event space inspired by the formation and structure of champagne bubbles of Moet & Chandon.

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Tower House Netting

Entrant: Tensys Engineers Pty Ltd (Engineer)

Location: Fitzroy, Victoria.   Completed: 2014  Client: Philip & Sophia Ross

Team: Áustin Maynard Architects, Maurice Farrugia & Assoc, Tensys – net design & details, Oxley Nets (net) McDonald Marine (ropes), Overend Constructions Pty Ltd

Project entered in the LSAA 2016 Design Awards (Internal & Sculptures, #407)

Application: The use of a tensile net to create a mezzanine level floor that is fun and functional

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Listen Out Festival Temporary Tensile Canopy - LSAA 2013 Award of Excellence (Cat 6, #6512)

Entrant: Tensys Engineers Pty Ltd

  • Location: Royal Botanical Gardens, Melbourne
  • Client: Listen Out Festival, Melbourne 2013 - Completion Date: 2013

Judges Comments:

"Beautifully resolved on all levels."

"An innovative, imaginative and thoroughly engaging project. So right for purpose - a canopy under which to shelter in a park while listening to music. Great colour. Joyful work that captures the spirit and essence of lightweight construction."

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Very lightweight highly curved forms may be used to create exciting geometric forms to fill a void.

There will be no external environmental loads from wind, rain or snow but a small degree of prestress and accurate patterning are required.

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Project Entered in the LSAA 2016 Design Awards (Internal Structures, #74)

Entrant: GeoMetal Limited (Design & Engineering)

Location: Nonthaburi, Thailand.   Completed: 24 August 2014 Client: Central Pattana Public Company Limited

Team: MAAR, Fastech Company Limited, Project Planing Public Company Limited, Power Line Engineering Public Company Limited

Application: A ceiling for a Shopping Mall in Thailand

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Project entered in the LSAA 2016 Design Awards (Cat 7, 4772)

Tarek Automated Retractable Umbrellas

Entrant: MakMax Australia (Engineer, Fabricator, Installer)

Location: Al Sadd Doho, Qatar.   Completed: February 2016  Client: Taiyo Middle East
Team: Peter Kamols, Robert McDonald, Mike Lester MakMax Australia

Application Shade structures for an Educational Facility

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