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:
Small tensioned fabric or membrane structures are "defined" to have a surface area of about 250 square metres or less to correspond to this category in the LSAA Design Awards.
Applications may include "signature" entrances to buildings, small sheltered areas or storage coverings. Outdoor sound stages will benefit from a well designed sound shell to project the performance.
Here are a few examples:
Northern Busways Park & Ride Terminals
Entrant: Structurflex Ltd
Client: North Shore Council
Structural Engineer: Compusoft Engineering Auckland
Builder: Works Infrastructure
Fabricator(s): Structurflex Ltd
The architect's requirements were:
- To create a space that retained a sense of daylight.
- To provide a unique roof as a landmark for the bus stations.
- To provide a number of connected canopies that gave a cloud effect.
- To provide a means of hiding the florescent lighting and components within the "clouds".
A series of I beams were used supported on 6 columns joining the two sides of the building.
These beams have a duel purpose on the top side acting as both structural member and gutter.
Underneath the area within the beam is used to conceal the lighting components and fixing cleats.
Canteen Canopy Extension
SEMF Pty Ltd (Architect / Engineer)
Location: Ringwood, Victoria. Completed: 31 July 2016
Client: Aquinas College
Team: SEMF, SEMF, Walsh Industries (Steel), Horizon Sailmakers (Membrane & cables)
Perth Children's Hospital
LSAA 2016 Design Award Entry by Fabritecture (Designer and Installer)
Location: Subiaco, WA. Completed: July 30 2015
Client: John Holland Group
Team: JCY Architects, Greenup Design International, Fabritecture, Textile Fabrication Services, Fabritecture
APPLICATION OF PROJECT:
Highly interactive artistic and architectural shade canopies, featuring intricately designed complex steel geometry and custom fabric patterns to work with the exciting environment of the children’s playground.
The Perth Children’s Hospital project involved the design and construction of an intricate structural shade solution as an addition to an outdoor children’s play area for the hospital. The project was part of a redevelopment initiative to replace the existing Princess Margaret Hospital facility.
The new Perth Children’s Hospital intends to host local and internationally recognised organisations for paediatrician, clinical research and tertiary learning.
Melbourne International Arts Festival - The Clubhouse
Client: Melbourne International Arts Festival
Architect: Wood Marsh Architecture
Structural Engineer: Tensys
Specialist Consultant(s): Tensys
Builder: Melbourne International Arts Festival
Fabricator(s): Atkins Fabrications Pty Ltd,
Thornton Engineering Australia Pty Ltd - steelwork
As part of the 2006 Melbourne International Arts Festival program, Artistic Director Kristy Edmunds has commissioned Melbourne’s latest piece of urban architecture – The Clubhouse.
Designed by Melbourne-based architects Wood Marsh and engineered and project managed by Tensys, The Clubhouse will be temporarily located on the Upper Terrace of Hamer Hall at the Arts Centre throughout the Festival from Thursday 12 October.
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
Pou Manawa - Auckland International Airport
Pou Manawa (Maori name for the Tree) is the heart of the new retail centre at Auckland International Airport, it stands proud where people gather, coming and going from their journeys around the world.
Fabric Structure Systems were approached with a brief to develop the significant sculptural piece for the Auckland International Airport’s retail departures area.
Pou Manawa takes the form of a sculptural tree, crafted from SEFAR® Architecture fabric & tensioned into place, creating a continuous light translucent surface, which is rear projected to bring the Tree to life, with various natural & traditional Maori themes.
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