The LSAA committee has spotted two LSAA member projects in the shortlist of the World Architectural Festival 2018. Congratulations to your respective architects and the LSAA members that have contributed to the project’s success. Please let me know if I have missed a project. #WAF18
Shopping Completed Buildings: Westfield Chermside Outdoor Dining and Leisure Precinct
- Architects: Scentre Group Design / Urbis / Armada Australia
- Fabrication & Construction: Fabritecture - Custom Fabric Architecture
- Structural Design: Wade Design Engineers
I recently had a short trip down to Melbourne and took a few pictures of the Arts Centre Spire which was constructed in the late 1970s.
Conceptually, the spire is a sculpture which was intended to indicate the location of something special located under the tall, tapering open lattice structure.
The "upper spire" is from bolted steel tubes with a geometry utilizing tetrahedrons so as to reduce the number of members meeting at a joint. Four joints are at each higher level and these four are rotated by 45 degrees in plan from those at the adjacent levels.
Anish Kapoor's Sculpture, "Sectional Body Preparing for Monadic Singularity", 2015. A steel frame clad in PVC
The progress fly through of Al Bayt Stadium that featured at our 2018 conference. The cladding is nearing completion and the bespoke patterned fabric roof soffit is impressive.
Lightweight Structures such as cablenets and tensioned fabric structures often exhibit relatively large deformations under changing loads.
Rock climbers will rely on the extension characteristics of their ropes to cushion any fall to a deceleration that the body can withstand.
However the following link points to an extreme case of an engineered net to safely catch a dear-devil sky diver from a 7600m free fall without a parachute.
A parachute is also an example of a tensioned fabric structure which adopts a geometric form in response to applied loads (person plus air resistance).
See: https://www.createdigital.org.au/extreme-engineering-luke-aikins-skydive/ where the source of this image is acknowledged.
Bunjil Place has opened!
This exciting new facility is designed as a cultural hub for the Narre Warren area in Melbourne’s east, and its opening weekend was celebrated with two full days of exhibitions and performances for the community.
Centralised from our Melbourne office, LSAA Member TTW’s team contributed
structural, civil and façade engineering services and worked closely with FJMT Studio and Multiplex to bring this striking multi-functional building to life.
The building's dominant feature is the timber gridshell, the first of its kind in Australia.
Congratulations to all involved in this exciting project!
A tower that used the drying process of timber to make the structure self twist
LSAA member Tensys have been developing tensile aviary structures for the Mandai Project, as part of the ever expanding eco-precinct in Singapore. If you haven't been before the highlight is the Night Safari.