These structures may be described as single surfaces or panels in the form of one of the classic hypars, barrel vaults, cones, panels with single or crossing arches - or a combination.
Larger fabric structures can also be made from several modules or panels of similar forms to build up a substantial sized structure. The multiple panels might be arranged in a linear layout, or in a circular or oval pattern commonly found in stadia roofs.
The LSAA has a Design Award Category for Large Structures which has been defined as being greater than 1000 sqm.
The following articles are in random order:
Mumbai Arrival Plaza
Entrant: MakMax Australia – Designer
Location: Mumbai International Airport – India
Client: Mumbai International Airport Limited
Struct. Eng.: MakMax Australia
Others: Mahimtura Consultants
Builder: Mumbai International Airport Limited
Fabricator: MakMax Australia
Entrant: Light Weight Structures
Category: 4 ID Number: 4352
Location: Neath Street Cessnock NSW
Client: East Cessnock Bowls Club
Completion Date: September 2012
Structural Engineer: Jeremy Hunter
Specialists: Trevor Scott Building Designer
Builder: Light Weight Structures
Installer: Light Weight Structures
APPLICATION OF PROJECT:
The project covered one Bowling Green measuring 1820 sqmts. The project was designed to offer weather protection to bowlers, including night time use of the Bowling Green (in a residential setting) and minimal cleaning maintenance over the life of the structure.
The client requested that the project offered weather protection to bowlers and require low levels of cleaning maintenance. The club building was elevated and adjacent to the bowling green. Floor to ceiling glass in the Sportsman’s Bar and Restaurant offered panoramic views of the bowling green. The club requested these views not be impeded. The Wide Span Structure was to integrate into the existing club building offering a weatherproof seal between the club building and the Wide Span Structure. Importantly, the club wanted to increase revenue by offering night time bowling to stimulate other income streams. As the club was positioned in a residential area complaints from neighbours had prevented the operation of night time lighting of the green. The structure was to encapsulate the artificial lighting so the greens could be used at night.
MakMax Australia (Engineer, Fabricator, Installer)
Location: Gold Coast, QLD.
Team: MakMax Australia
Entrant: MakMax Australia
Category: 6 ID Number: 4303
Location: Taif City, Kingdom of Audi Arabia
Client: Taif City
Completion Date: March 2013
Architect: Diyar Consultants
Structural Engineer: MakMax Australia
Specialists: MakMax (Designer)
Builder: Abdullah Hassan Al Shihry Contractors
Fabricator: Shanghai Taiyo Kogyo, Taiyo Middle East
"Well integrated and designed perfectly for its place."
"This looks to be very successful integration of lightweight elements with solid architecture. There's no sense that the roof has been conceived independently of the rest of the theatre. Lovely tent-like effect; very effective use of pattern on the 'fly sheet'."
APPLICATION OF PROJECT: Decorative roof, culturally significant
The purpose of Souk Okaz Public Theatre was to deliver both a functional public space for cultural activities and evocative ambience reminiscent of the ancient pre-Islamic era of a bustling Bedouin market place. It provides both modern facilities and an austere tribute to the proud cultural history of the Taif City. The artistic element of this project is its greatest achievement. The unique shapes and textures it depicts are uniquely Arabic; this is of the highest importance to the client and the end users. MakMax designers took great care in creating this aesthetic as it makes up the character of the project. This project delivers both a functional public space for cultural activities and evocative ambience reminiscent of the ancient pre-Islamic era of a bustling Bedouin market place. It provides both modern facilities and an austere tribute to the proud cultural history of the Taif City.
Mehler Coated Technical Textiles supplied large quantities of coated fabric for the 2015 Milan Expo.
The major application was for sun shading the two main axes of the Expo. The 85,000 sqm of fabric was essentially planar rectangular panels attached to opposing valley and ridge cables.
One important concept behind the simple forms was the re-use of the fabric following the Expo.
Other projects included:
- Iranian Pavillion (2,500 sqm)
- Ferreo Pavillion (1,600 sqm)
- Institution Bologna Pavillion (4,500 sqm)
- Tent at the entrance (6,000 sqm)
For further details see HERE
Pacific Fair Resort Roof
Fabritecture (Designer and Installer)
Location: The Esplanade. Completed:
Client: Scentre Group (Westfield)
Team: Scentre Group (Westfield), Wade Design, Textile Fabrication Services, Fabritecture
Entrant: Light Weight Structures
- Category: 4 ID Number: 4351
- Location: Mooloolaba
- Client: Mooloolaba Bowls Club
- Completion Date: November 2011
- Structural Engineer: Jeremy Hunter
- Specialists: Trevor Scott Building Designer
- Builder: Light Weight Structures
- Fabricator: Stanfast
- Installer: Light Weight Structures
"An elegant project - the best of the bowling club offerings. As well as taking care of core business, the structure lends some design distinction to a town not oversupplied with architectural gems."
APPLICATION OF PROJECT:
The project covered two bowling greens each measuring 1240 sqmts for a total undercover area of the tensile structure 3253 sqmts. Fabric roofing was the superior choice of roofing material over metal roofing, as fabric offers translucency of natural light during daylight hours and with the use of energy efficient up lights an aesthetically favorable backlit effect at night with the added benefit of shadow free reflected lighting to the bowling arena.
The structural design features leaning arches and valley cables spanning the width of the structure forming a Ridge and Valley canopy. The ends of structure are curved/closed encapsulating artificial nighttime light within the roof canopy minimizing the nighttime light spillage and annoyance to neighboring properties.
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