There are several categories of "shade" structures which typically are constructed from knitted shadecloth in varying degrees of shade factor.

Shade structures for sun / hail and wind protection of large nurseries have been common in Australia since the mid 1980s.

Similar shade structures utilizing seat belt webbing as edge cables have been applied to protect cars from sun and hail in Australia, USA, South Africa and other regions.

Since the increased awareness of UV related issues, there has been many shade panels installed in playgrounds and schools. 

There is a larger number of contractors operating in the supply of domestic and small scale shadecloth structures and the pricing competition on these systems has often lead to unsafe cost cutting measures being taken. In many cases structures have been built without certification by a competent structural engineer. There has been many cases where footings and cantilevered columns are totally inadequate for the horizontal loads generated. 

Another issue is the large deflections of these structures under hail loads and wind. Often there is very small amounts of fabric prestress.

Generally made from separate panels of knitted shadecloth to provide a degree of shade and hail protection.

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Award of Excellence: LSAA 2018 Design Awards Shadecloth Category

APPLICATION OF PROJECT

A series of bespoke architectural shade structures

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

Our scope of the Scarborough Foreshore project included the design & construction of three steel-framed arbour structures that were to be installed as part of a regional redevelopment of Scarborough.

The structures are comprised of 31 architectural ‘tree-like’ stands that support the mesh & realise the architectural vision of the structures. They are placed along the South beachfront, North beachfront, and Intergenerational Plaza of Scarborough

APPLICATION OF PROJECT

Architectural shade canopy over a skatepark

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

Livingstone Shire Council were looking for a unique solution to traditional hypar shade structures when planning for the skatepark redevelopment at Yeppoon Lagoon. The shade structure was designed to become a focal point of the skate park. It’s a shade structure, but it’s also a colourful, fun, artistic addition to the outdoor sport facility.

The skatepark construction was part of Stage 5 of the Yeppoon Lagoon redevelopment, which also includes a beach amphitheatre, road/pedestrian network upgrades, a kiosk, water play area, wave pool, mini golf course, multi-level car park and a car wash.

Generally made from separate panels of knitted shadecloth to provide a degree of shade and hail protection.

Applications include playgrounds, outdoor skateboard parks, car dealerships, car storage, nurseries and domestic housing.

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Sea World Polar Bear Enclosure

Shade And Membrane Structures Australia (Design / Project Management / Install)

Location: Sea World.   Completed: December 1, 2013

Client: Village Roadshow Theme Parks

Team:  Osborn Lane / Global Membrane Design and Alliance Design Group, Astute, Shadecom

Piara Waters

Fabritecture (Designer and Installer)

Location: Armadale, WA.   Completed: July 30 2014

Client: McCorkell Constructions

Team: Donovan Payne Architects, Greenup Design International, Fabritecture, Fabric Solutions Australia