Small Fabric Structures: Typically these may be of a plan area of 250 square metres or less. They are often used as shade structures or as signature items at entrances to larger buildings.

Other applications include the provision for a shaded area in playgrounds, school yards, car dealerships and as internal sculptures.

They may be made from coated fabrics as a water-proof barrier or of open fabric such as knitted shade cloth.

The following articles are in random order:

Nambour Hospital Shade Structures

  • Category:  3    ID Number:  3351

  • Location:         Nambour, Queensland

  • Client:             Made for Shade

  • Completion Date:  June 2012

Credits:

  • Structural Engineer:    Jeremy Hunter

  • Specialists:                  Trevor Scott Building Designer, Lightweight Structures

  • Builder:                       Made for Shade

  • Fabricator:                   Made for Shade

APPLICATION OF PROJECT:   

Essentially the purpose of the project was about cost effective space creation.

The tensioned awning is positioned over a deck area on the first floor at the Nambour children’s hospital.  The Hospital is located on the side of a steep incline, the deck is located in an elevated position.

The awning-covered deck now allows children recovering from surgery or illness to play outdoors on the deck in supervised shaded conditions.  Previously children were confined to an internal hospital playroom.

LSAA 2013 Award of Excellence

Listen Out Festival Temporary Tensile Canopy

Entrant:                     Tensys Engineers Pty Ltd

  • Category:  6                ID Number:  6512
  • Location:                     Royal Botanical Gardens, Melbourne
  • Client:                         Listen Out Festival, Melbourne 2013
  • Completion Date:        2013

Credits:

  • Architect:                    Tim Schork MADA, Monash University
  • Structural Engineer:    Tensys Engineers
  • Others:                        Callum Morton (MAP)
  • Builder:                       Monash Art Design & Architecture (MADA)
  • Fabricator:                   MADA

Judges Comments:

"Beautifully resolved on all levels."

"An innovative, imaginative and thoroughly engaging project. So right for purpose - a canopy under which to shelter in a park while listening to music. Great colour. Joyful work that captures the spirit and essence of lightweight  construction." 


APPLICATION OF PROJECT:    

Temporary structure for the Listen Out Music Festival at the Royal Botanical Gardens in Melbourne.

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PROJECT DESCRIPTION:

Experimental work exploring the different tensile anticlastic forms.  This structure is an end result of conceptual and digital studies carried out by MADA students of a cloud.  The functional brief was to provide a temporary shading structure for the patrons of the festival covering a 5m x 5m footprint.

Melbourne Girls Grammar School Cover to Communal Deck

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

Inverted conic covering a communal deck for year 5 & 6 girls at Melbourne Girls Grammar

The structural form is an asymmetric inverted conic, with what is basically a rectangular upper perimeter. In plan the area covered is small, about 12.5m by 11m, and the height varies from 3m at the bale ring to 5.5m at the lower edge to 9m at the highest edge

The conical form is asymmetrical about all axes. The bale ring has been set close to one corner so that the inverted  conical shape is accentuated by being well away from the adjoining buildings to which it is attached, and so that the stormwater drainage through the bale ring has minimal interference with use of the deck on wet days.

The function of the structure is to provide critical protection of the school students from the elements during breaks in their school day, creating an outdoor leisure environment that mixes native plants with modern aesthetic material technology. It provides a space where the children can relax and briefly escape the physical confines of school.  Even whilst raining, the children can retreat to this area and have their senses stimulated by the rain drumming on the tensioned fabric whilst the water is collected and pushed along the highly strung cables, creating a cylinder of rushing water. Classes can be held on the tiered decking during most weather conditions.

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LSAA 2013 High Commendation

South Hedland Town Centre

Entrant:                            MakMax Australia

  • Category:  5                ID Number:  4304

  • Location:                     Colebatch Way, South Hedland, WA

  • Client:                         UDLA and Landcorp

  • Completion Date:        October 2011

Credits:

  • Architect:                    Advance Timber Concept & University of WA

  • Structural Engineer:    Scott Smally Partnership

  • Builder:                       Ertech Pty Ltd

  • Fabricator:                   MakMax Australia


Judges Comments:


"A lot of effort for a small structure, should become iconic."

"Good to see a combination of timber frame and lightweight fabric, although the structure seems less than graceful."


APPLICATION OF PROJECT:   

Fabric cladding to wooden frame, roofing structure.

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Tensys Engineers Pty Ltd (Engineer)

Location: Chicago / New York / Dallas / Las Vegas / San Jose.   Completed: 2014

Client: with me. com

Little Edward Street Atrium Roof

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

Completed: December 5 2013

Client: Bennelong Funds Management

Team:  Global Membrane Design, SAMA, Shadecom / Fabric Solutions

Aussie World Entrance Canopy

Entrant:              Light Weight Structures Advisory Service - Engineering Fabrication Installation
Location:             Bruce Highway - Palmview
Client:                 Aussie World Theme Park
Struct. Eng.:       Trevor Scott & Jeremy Hunter
Specialist:            LTWSAS
Builder:               Aussie World Project Management
Fabricator:          Made 4 Shade (Maroochydore)

 

'I Dips Me Lid' (NGV Architectural Commission)

John Wardle Architects (Architect / Designer)

Location: National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne.   Completed: 15 September 2015

Client: National Gallery of Victoria

Team: Matthew van Kooy, John Bahoric, Electrolight (lighting), 3D Structural Solutions (Shop Drawings), Light Project, Engineering Directions

Jirrawun Arts Centre

Entrant: UFS Australasia Pty Ltd
Client: Jirrawun Arts Pty ltd
Architect: Bruce Henderson Architects
Structural Engineer: Craft Projects
Specialist Consultant(s): UFS
Fabricator(s): Fabric Shelter Systems, DMG Engineering

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Trailfinders Australian Garden - Chelsea Flower Show

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

MakMax’s client, Flemings Nurseries exhibits annually at the Royal Horticultural Society’s Chelsea Flower Show, one of the world most prestigious social and horticultural events. Fleming’s often win awards for their unique exhibition stands.  MakMax was engaged to bring an architect’s design to life in the form of a unique temporary structure for Fleming’s entry at the 2011 RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

DESIGN / FABRICATION / INSTALLATION BRIEF

Our client, Flemings Nurseries, engaged architect, Ian Barker to design their most recent stand. The architect’s inspiration included themes of colonization and the discovery of Australia. Natural shapes and light play a large part in the design brief. The importance of the horticultural theme in the discovery of Australia is through botanist Sir Joseph Banks who along with Captain Cook first documented the unique native flora of Australia. MakMax was engaged to bring this idea to life through the architect’s vision.

Although the concept was the work of the architect, some of the technical details of manufacture were not conceptualized until MakMax engineers began looking at the design from a practical point of view. Being a self supporting structure we had a fair amount of control over the manufacture and fixing details of the project.