Other Structural Forms - Cablenets, Glazing, Facades, Spaceframes

The LSAA has groups of members interested in cablenets, high technology glazing and facades.

In fact one main reason for the creation of the LSAA  from the MSAA was to cater for the growing number of projects which involved large glazed areas being supported by pretensioned cable truss systems or cablenets.

In modern times, when the overall energy usage for the life of a building is taken into account, the use of high technology facades will become more important. There is also a growing use of "green facades" or vertical gardens.

The traditional spaceframe structures are becoming rarer - those with many small elements that are man-handled and connected together on site. Labour costs and erection times are now outweighed by fewer larger assemblies that can be installed quickly by cranes.

The LSAA would welcome articles and links to projects in this category. 

50 Martin Place - Glass Roof

Taylor Thomson Whitting (Engineer)

Location: 50 Martin Place, Sydney.   Completed: Unknown

Client: Macquarie

Team: Johnson Pilton Walker, Taylor Thomson Whitting, Brookfield Multiplex, Sharvain Pacific Steel

155 Queen Street Mall Façade

Entrant: Tensys Engineers Pty Ltd (Engineer)

Location: 155 Queen St Mall, Brisbane.   Completed: 2015

Client: ISPT Super Property

Team: studio 505 / JWA, Tensys Engineers, Tensys (Façade), UAP Company, Broad Construction


South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI)

SAHMRI is a world class facility for medical research under construction in Adelaide (July 2015)

The facility will increase the ability for new leading edge research and clinical applications into better treatment and potential cures for the most challenging diseases.

The building has an interesting curved facade as illustrated in the following images.

Images by Peter Kneen 2015.

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Overview of Cablenet Structures

The modern cablenet structures burst on the international scene with the Expo 67 German Pavilion constructed in Montreal, Canada.

This was a larger version of the cablenet roof prototype designed by Frei Otto's team and used now to house the IL at the University of Stuggart.

Australia can bost a very early cable net structure in the Sidney Myer Music Bowl in Melbourne. 

The next structure, and the most famous is the impressive stadiums for the Munich Olympics designed by Frei Otto.

Highly stressed cable trusses are also used to support flat glass surfaces now common for facades.

Whitten Oval

Entrant:            Ronstan – Contractors
Location:           Barkley St, Footscray Vic
Client:               Western Bulldogs, Whitten Oval
Architect:          Peddle Thorp
Struct. Eng.:     Irwin Consultants
Builder:            Salta
Fabricator:        Ronstan

 

Surry Hills Community Centre

Entrant:           Aurecon - Sydney – Designer
Location:          405 Crown Street - Surry Hills NSW 2010
Client:             Austress Freyssinet
Architect:        FJMT
Struct. Eng.:    Aurecon - Facade Engineer
Others:           Taylor Thomson Whitting - Concept Design
Builder:            Austress Freyssinet / Probuild

  

School of Information Technology, Screen

Entrant:    Taylor Thomson Whitting
Client:       University of Sydney
Architect:   FJMT
Structural Engineer: Taylor Thomson Whitting
Specialist Consultant(s): MPG Façade Innovations
Builder:                        A W Edwards
Fabricator(s):                Long Span Steel

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Monash University Building 76 Strip Facade Structures

Entrant:               Oasis Tension Structures (Australia) Pty Ltd
Location:              Wellington Road - Clayton Vic
Client:                  Monash University
Architect:             DesignInc (Melbourne)
Struct. Eng.:        John Mullin & Partners
Specialist:            Tensys Engineering (Australia) Pty Ltd
Others:                Ronstan International (Australia) Pty Ltd
Builder:                Hooker Cockram Projects Ltd
Fabricator:           Atkins Fabrication (Australia) Pty Ltd

 

Jagged Edge - Queenstown NZ

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

An Atypical design and Construct project involving a house for a confidential client. The design was prepared and presented as a “Design+Construct” package that was purchased as a package by the Client. The Builders Team had prepared preliminary documentation based on advice from specialist consultants and Architects. The design was then proposed for sale to the market as a complete delivery vehicle.

The project is a residential building built on the side of hill with an impressive vantage point. The main goal of the design is to maximise transparency to optimise the view.

The bedrock of the mountain is used for the foundation of the roof which is suspended projecting towards the lake. The project utilises tension cables and clamps to support the glass façade panels.

Biofilter at Surry Hills Library

Entrant:            Taylor Thomson Whitting - Designer
Location:           Surry Hills NSW
Client:               City of Sydney Council
Architect:          Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp
Struct. Eng.:     Taylor Thomson Whitting
Specialist:          Mech Eng: Steenson Varming
Others:             Austress
Builder:             WBHO Probuild

  

Amazon Waterlily Pavilion

Entrant:               Aurecon - Adelaide - Designer / Consultant
Location:             Adelaide Botanical Gardens - North Terrace Adelaide SA
Client:                 Government of South Australia (DTEI)
Architect:            Flightpath Architects
Struct. Eng.:        Connell Wagner
Specialist:            Connell Wagner (Facade Engineering)
Others:               Pilkington & DMS Glass
Builder:               Built Environs
Fabricator:          Construction Glazing

 

LSAA 2013 Award of Excellence

Wintergarden Art Façade

Entrant:                     Tensys Engineers Pty Ltd

•      Category:  5    ID Number:  6513

•      Location:                     Queen Street Mall, Brisbane

•      Client:                         Industry Super Property Trust Pty Ltd

•      Completion Date:         April 2012

Credits:

•      Architect:                    Studio 505

•      Structural Engineer:     Tensys Engineers

•      Builder:                       Brookfield Multiplex

•      Fabricator:                   UAP


Judges Comments:

"Will probably settle in to become a heritage icon in Brisbane."

"Now that's how to disguise a carpark. Makes a great contribution to the public realm. Vivid, joyful - makes excellent use of contemporary steel design and fabrication technology."


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APPLICATION OF PROJECT:   

The vertical façade works is part of the redevelopment of the wintergarden shopping centre..  This façade creates a uniform streetscape, providing a visual barrier to a number of existing carparking levels and different buildings along Queen Street Mall. 

PROJECT DESCRIPTION:

Wintergarden redevelopment architectural façade on Queen, Elizabeth and Edward Street, Brisbane.  The architectural intent of the façade is to create a three dimensional depiction of a winter garden painting  To achieve this, the façade consists of multi layers of rigid cladding supported by a modular structural steel grillage frame.  In addition to the cladding panels, the façade consists of a number of steel frame, stainless steel cald butterflies which cantilever from the grillage.

WorkZone Perth

Entrant:                           Structural Dynamics Australia

  • Category:  5                ID Number:  5202

  • Location:                     202 Pier St., Perth WA

  • Client:                         Charter Hall

  • Completion Date:         September 2013

Credits:

  • Architect:                    Fitzpatrick & Partners

  • Builder:                       Broad Constructions WA

  • Fabricator:                   Colt International


APPLICATION OF PROJECT:    Light weight structure used to control interior environment

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PROJECT DESCRIPTION:

Aluminium tube sun shade screen designed by Fitzpatrick & Partners to control interior environment and to add to overall aesthetic impact of building.

Structural Dynamics Australia contracted by Colt International (sun shade fabricator and installer) to help design, supply and install stainless steel cable system to structurally support this element.

Atmosphere Façade Park Beach Plaza

Entrant:  Ronstan International, Locker Group, Tensys Engineers

  • Category:  6                ID Number:  5111

  • Location:                     253 Pacific Highway, Coffs Harbour, NSW

  • Client:                         Park Beach Plaza

  • Completion Date:        February 2013

Credits:

  • Architect:                    Red Dog Architects

  • Structural Engineer:    DeGroot Benson

  • Specialists:                  Tensys Engineers - Structural Design

  • Builder:                       Edwards Constructions

  • Fabricator:                   Ronstan International, Locker Group

  • Installer:                      Ronstan International


APPLICATION OF PROJECT:    Facade

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PROJECT DESCRIPTION:

Design, fabrication and installation of cable supported perforated aluminium façade on Park Beach Plaza Car Park at Coffs Harbour.

Taronga Zoo Chimpanzee Enclosure - Sydney 

APPLICATION OF PROJECT:   Separation Enclosure for Chimpanzees.

The Taronga Zoos’ chimpanzee troop is one of the largest captive groups in the world with recognized wild behavior patterns and a sophisticated social hierarchy.  With its population including four maturing sub-adult males jockeying and promoting themselves within the group, the zoo cited a need for the construction of a fully enclosed and semi-transparent separation paddock within the chimpanzee exhibit to allow the chimpanzees to be easily divided as needed, without moving them to an entirely new location, and thus avoiding potential commotion.

The Seperation Enclosure:

  • facilitates the introduction of new chimpanzee females to maintain the genetic pool.
  • provides the necessary infrastructure for the current troop management strategy and philosophies.
  • permits the troop to remain outside in summer unsupervised where this was previously not possible.
  • maximizes viewing time for the public.

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Sydney Wildlife World

Entrant:    UFS Australasia Pty Ltd
Client:      Sydney Attractions Group
Architect:  Misho & Associates/ RIHS Architects – Misho & Gerry Rihs
Structural Engineer: Fabric: Wade Consulting Joseph Dean, 
Steel: S2 Corporation Murray Allen
Fabricator(s): Fabric Shelter Systems Graham Griffin

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Ronstan Ribbons of Light

Ronstan Tensile Architecture provides full-service engineering, design assistance, and installation services for an innovative catenary lighting system that spirals through the Watergardens Town Centre in Taylor Lakes, Victoria.

Watergardens Town Centre is a 56 hectare community hub that offers shopping, dining, entertainment, hospitality, and other business services. The area has been a vibrant and growing part of Taylor Lakes township since its 1997 opening, attracting droves of visitors to its 200+ specialty stores and community events.

Recently, the Centre has expanded to include a dining-focused "eat street" called Station Streat, which is now outfitted with a custom Ronstan catenary lighting system. This system, designed by Electrolight and Ronstan, stylishly assists in making the area functional after dark without being obstructive to walking paths. More importantly, the system creates a spectacular entry statement with its unconventional 3-D "ribbon like" design that speaks to the geometric language of the Centre's existing graphic motif.

"The idea was to create a lighting scheme that gives a sense of movement and direction," explains Paul Beale, Director at Electrolight. "We endeavoured to create a visual link from the Centre's train station to the main entrance and shopping areas, while also highlighting the eddies of other parts in the complex that may have otherwise gone unnoticed."