In terms of our LSAA Design Awards, a Medium sized Fabric Structure, or tensioned membrane structure) would have a surface area of between 250 and 1000 sqm.

Note that many "Large" fabric structures may be made from individual fabric panels of 250-1000 sqm.

Again, a large Mall covering might comprise multiple conical structures of 250-1000 sqm.

The following articles are in random order:

The following Medium Structure Projects were entered into the 2018 LSAA Design Awards in Category 2

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Category 2 "Medium Structures"

2023 Capital Square Podium.

2070 Knox Grammar School

2107 Carousel Shade Structures.

2431 Hyper Coaster Queueing Canopies.

LSAA 2013 High Commendation

Glen Eira Aquatic Centre

Entrant:                     Oasis Tension Structures

  • Category:  2                ID Number:  2926

  • Location:                     East Boundary Rd, East Bentleigh

  • Client:                         Glen Eira City Council

  • Completion Date:        December 2011

Credits:

  • Architect:                    Mantric Architecture

  • Structural Engineer:    Cardno Victoria Pty Ltd

  • Specialists:                  Tensys Engineers

  • Builder:                       Hansen Yuncken Pty Ltd

  • Fabricator:                   Atkins Fabrication Pty Ltd

  • Installer:                      Oasis Tension Structures


Judges Comments:

"Advances the technology in insulated membranes"

"Rather idiosyncratic form which answers a functional challenge, has a bit of fun, and provides some identity to a facility not short of disparate elements"


PROJECT NAME: Glen Eira Sports & Aquatic Centre Insulated Tension Canopy

Glen Eira Aquatic Centre

APPLICATION OF PROJECT: To encapsulate two vertically inter-twined waterslides, stairwell and support tower with a fully insulated tension structure. 

PROJECT DESCRIPTION:

This is an insulated conic tension structure. A truncated, highly curved eccentric cone on an inclined elliptical ring beam, best describes the geometric definition of this structure. The architectural intent was to create a temperature controlled environment within a chlorinated water activity space and thereby satisfy ecologically sustainable development guidelines.

Sydney Aquarium Dugong's at Mermaid Lagoon


Entrant:               UFS Australasia Pty Ltd - Designer / Fabricator
Location:              Sydney Aquarium - Darling Harbour Sydney
Client:                  Sydney Attractions Group
Struct. Eng.:        Wade Consulting
Builder:               Universal Fabric Structures / Ozrig
Fabricator:           Fabric Shelter Systems

  

Southern Plaza Bar - Carrara, Qld

APPLICATION OF PROJECT:   Self supporting pavilion 

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

Close to completing the tensile membrane roof at Metricon Stadium, our client engaged MakMax to cover a smaller outdoor area. This project was a simple solution to shade and weather protection with a twist. Considerations for maximum ground space and design constraints made this project far more interesting.

Our brief for this project outlined a need for a large covered area for common use. Specifics included limited space for footings and design considerations to match the structure’s surroundings. The structure also needed to compliment the design of the stadium roof, MakMax engineers and architects Populous came up with a simple looking yet highly complex shape.

MakMax engineers designed a canopy that is circular in plan, however, from the side the undulating shape of the membrane edge is highly curved to mimic the stadium roof design. Creating a structure with these elements presented a unique geometric difficulty. MakMax engineers designed the outer ring of the structure to ensure minimal fabrication costs and to minimize the need for double roiling of steel members. The stability of this structure is found within the compression ring at the height of the conic shape as well as in the raking columns.

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St Joseph's College Netball Court

Structureflex (Designer / Engineer)

Location: Echuca, Victoria.   Completed: January 2015

Client: St Joseph's Catholic College

Team: Y2 Architects, Steve Huppert, John Killmister (Cert. Eng), Shade Living Pty Ltd, Fabric Solutions (membrane), Thornton Engineering (steel)

Abilene Airport

Entrant:            Atkins Fabrication (Aust) Pty Ltd - Fabricator
Location:           Abilene - Texas USA
Client:               USA Shade & Fabric Structures Inc.
Fabricator:          Atkins Fabrication (Australia) Pty Ltd

  

Soul Surfers Paradise, Australia 

APPLICATION OF PROJECT:

Hospitality  and Recreation:  The tensile fabric structures  provide  shade canopies  for the patrons of the alfresco dining areas as well as creating  an aesthetic  focal point to the front of the apartment  building  at Soul, Surfers Paradise.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

Two tensile canopy structures were created as part of the $850 million beachfront  Soul development  project in Surfers Paradise. The multi‐level PTFE membrane structures covering the outdoor dining areas were designed to follow the radial lines of the adjacent building and walkways while seamlessly integrating with the surrounding buildings.

The design requirements were:

•  Offer weather protection for patrons

•  To maintain ocean views from all levels of surrounding buildings

•  Create an architectural feature to attract attention to the area

•  Materials and design to allow for minimal maintenance and cleaning

The tensile shade canopies utilise the full benefit of Soul’s alfresco dining areas, highlighting  and capturing  the ocean  views  and  enhancing   the  beauty  of  the  surrounding   natural  environment.   The  result  is  a  striking architectural landmark that attracts attention to the Soul development.

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Isa Royal Military College Grand Stand Shade


Entrant:               Light Weight Structures Advisory Service - Engineering Fabrication Installation
Location:             Isa Royal Military College - Kingdom of Bahrain
Client:                 Alasco Group & Al Alaa Shade Company
Struct. Eng.:        Trevor Scott & Jeremy Hunter
Specialist:            LTWSAS
Builder & Fabricator:  Al Alaa Shade Company

 

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