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:
Entrant: Oasis Tension Structures
Category: 2 ID Number: 2926
Location: East Boundary Rd, East Bentleigh
Client: Glen Eira City Council
Completion Date: December 2011
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
"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
APPLICATION OF PROJECT: To encapsulate two vertically inter-twined waterslides, stairwell and support tower with a fully insulated tension structure.
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
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.
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)
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.
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.
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
Builder & Fabricator: Al Alaa Shade Company
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