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S3A Timber and ETFE Roof for Aquatic Centre

The Feature ETFE and Timber Diagrid Roof - Coastland Aquatic Centre

The new 2000m2 double curved transparent roof, provides a stunning internal environment for sports and recreation, a presents new possibilities for aquatic centres in New Zealand. It’s the first example of ETFE being used on an Aquatic Centre in Australasia, and is attracting a lot of attention in the aquatic industry.

The design of the vaulting diagrid form, drew on a wide variety of specialist design skills to ensure a holistic approach to the design of the main pool hall.

Key Features included:

  • Facade engineering principles to define the optimum characteristics and ensure user comfort. 
  • Thermal and day light modelling formed the basis of the energy efficient design, which provided the compelling argument to support the use of a premium architectural cladding system.
  • Optimised 3d geometry to ensure efficient use of ETFE cladding and Timber, and ensure ease of constructability.

The presentation will be given by Toby Mason, Director of CREATE

Toby has over 15 years’ experience in designing lightweight structures in the United Kingdom. As an Associate Director at a London based engineering consultants, David Dexter Associates, his main focus was providing specialist design services to leading architectural practices and specialist contractors. He has significant experience in timber design, including gridshells and other geometric forms that provide innovative structurally efficient designs. He is able to combine creative and sustainable design with an understanding of cladding systems, to aid with exploring enhanced energy efficiency and building performance.