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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 fabric or membranes as a water-proof barrier or of open fabric such as knitted shade cloth.

The following articles are in random order:

 

South Hedland Town Centre 

LSAA 2013 Design Awards High Commendation (Cat 5, ID 4304)

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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Mandura Fishing Pier

APPLICATION OF PROJECT:

The project was to supply and install a unique waterproof shade cloth structure over the old two lane Mandurah Bridge built in 1952 .

The old bridge was recently decommissioned to vehicles and replaced by a modern 4 lane bridge to cater to growing population and traffic needs of Mandura and the Peel region of WA. The old bridge with it timber and concrete undercarriage was to be partially retained and converted into an attraction. 

PROJECT DESCRIPTION:

The area under cover is 207sqm. This is 9m x 23m.  The shade structure weighing ten tonnes with post masts up to 9m tall was built on the bridge platform using only the old piers as anchor points.  Eight posts were braced onto eight old piers. The structure comprises 6 intersecting PVC shade sails. Cut outs were incorporated in the patterning of the sails which enabled posts to poke through the structure at a height of 4m.

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Entrant: Architectural Sails

Client The Mirvac Group
Architect: Rice Daubney
Structural Engineer: Wade Consulting Group
Builder: Mirvac Constructions (Qld) P/L
Fabricator(s): Architectural Sails

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Project Entry in LSAA 2011 Design Awards (Cat 7, 7400)

Project entered by Tensys Engineers

Aside from the images below, no further details have been entered to date.

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Project: Yatala Tank Cover
Entrant: MakMax Australia - Designer
Location: Fosters Australia - Cuthbert Road Yatala QLD 4207
Client: Foster's Australia
Struct. Eng.: MakMax Australia
Others: MakMax (Installation)
Builder: MakMax Australia
Fabricator: MakMax Australia

Details have not been entered for this project. 

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Commendation LSAA 2018 Design Awards

APPLICATION OF PROJECT:

Al-fresco canopies over street area for hospitality and retail for the Pacific Bondi mixed use development, directly facing Bondi Beach.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION:

An architecturally styled pair of al-fresco canopy covers for the hospitality area of the Pacific directly facing Bondi Beach, designed to reflect the beach front environment with a form chosen to evocate waves and the ocean. The structures were envisioned to generate a different look from traditional al-fresco umbrellas, awnings and canopies to compliment the seaside position and included infrared heaters and white LED up-lighting to add warmth and atmosphere for night time use.

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This project was entered in the LSAA 2016 Design Awards (Cat 2, 1429)

Entrant: 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

Details have not been entered. Some images can be seen below:

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Project entered in the LSAA 2016 Design Awards (Cat 1, 1290)

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)

Details have not been entered but some images can be viewed below.

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APPLICATION OF PROJECT:

To provide a retractable shade structure to an existing exposed school quadrangle courtyard in St Kilda, Victoria, that offered flexibility to a highly utilized space. Without detracting from the existing heritage school built in 1873 and working with a 1970’s addition, the project needed to remain respectful of the surrounds whilst providing a vibrant new design proposition and considered functionality. The brief was to provide shade and weather protection to a large external quadrangle, central to major school operations, assemblies, concerts, play area and general shelter.

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Project: Penbank Sound Shell
Entrant: Structureflex Pacific – Designer / Fabricator
Location: Penbank School, 460 Tyabb Rd, Moorooduc, Vic

Application: Visually striking and functional shelter and Sound Shell, for School outdoor Performing Arts stage.

This project was entered in the LSAA 2009 Design Awards, Category 1.

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APPLICATION OF PROJECT     

To Provide weather protection for patrons of the golf club with a lightweight, nautical architectural feel but engineered strong enough to handle the extreme coastal weather conditions.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION:

RGC - The site is a Golf club that has been looking for ways to increase revenue for more financial security. The club was looking for help to modernise the look of the club to increase patron numbers and hire capabilities. They were looking for a creative and unique design to draw patrons to the outside dining area of the venue that had amazing views. They also wanted a structure that would not get damaged by flying golf balls and draw the eye out to the view. A tension membrane structure was the perfect solution for this application.

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Project Entered in the LSAA 2016 Design Awards (Cat 1, 71)

Nowadays, more and more commercial centers are launched. Among those, consumers always pay attention and choose the eye-catching, sophisticated design as a destination for shopping. Because of that reason, the architects study a unique design to attract pedestrians and Membrane structures is their choice.

First concept was a waving, curved surface, using steel arch as supporting structures.
Engineering works also include form-finding, structure analysis, CFD analysis, detailing design, Installation method.

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

Completed: May 8 2014

Client: James Trowse Constructions

Team: Opus Architecture, Osborn Lane, James Trowse Constructions, Shadecom

 

This project was entered in the LSAA 2011 Design Awards (Cat 1, 1017) 

APPLICATION OF PROJECT:

Playground Shade Structure: the amphitheatre provides a modern sheltered assembly area for students and teachers, and boasts a unique architectural focal point within the school.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION:

As part of the Queensland Government National School Pride Program, a project was created for the design and construction of twin architectural roof canopies to cover the Nerang State School outdoor amphitheatre.

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This project was entered in the LSAA 2011 Design Awards (Cat 1, 1968)

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

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Project Entry in LSAA 2011 Design Awards (Cat 7, 5004) John Power Stand - Eagle Farm, Brisbane

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

Eagle Farm Racecourse is an iconic Brisbane building, hosting race days twice weekly and accommodating hoards of racegoers every year. The main stand named John Power Stand was erected in the early 1900s. Since then the structure has aged leaving an unsightly concrete ceiling viewable from the main observation area.

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Entered in the LSAA 2007 Design Awards (Cat 2, 2837)

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

Aside from the images below, no further details have been entered.  

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Melbourne International Arts Festival - The Clubhouse

Entrant: Tensys
Client: Melbourne International Arts Festival
Entered in the 2007 LSAA Design Awards (Cat 1, 1007)

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LSAA 2011 Design Awards Entry (Cat 7, 7001) 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.

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Northern Busways Park & Ride Terminals

Entrant: Structurflex Ltd
Client: North Shore Council
Entered in the LSAA 2007 Design Awards (Cat 1, 1022)

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".
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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)

Entered in the LSAA 2009 Design Awards Category 1.

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Entered in the LSAA 2007 Design Awards (Cat 3, 3001)

Entrant: Taiyo Membrane Corp
Client: Victoria Racing Club
Architect: Taiyo Membrane Corporation
Structural Engineer: Xiang Du (TMC)
Fabricator(s): Taiyo Membrane Corp

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This structure was entered in the LSA 2007 Design Awards (Cat 2, 2001)

Entrant: Taiyo Membrane Corp, Tattersall Engineering, Minifie Nixon Arch
Client: Zoos Victoria
Architect: Minifie Nixon
Structural Engineer: Tattersall Engineering
Specialist Consultant(s): Wade Consultants, Taiyo Membrane Corporation
Builder: Behmer and Wright
Fabricator(s): Taiyo Membrane Corp

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Award of Excellence, LSAA 2018 Design Awards Cat 1 Small Structures

Application of Project

Retail Development Travelator Canopy

Project Description

As part of Ryde Shopping Centre upgrade with a new major first floor supermarket tenant, a new travelator was installed linking two existing structures; the main shopping centre and the shopping centre car park.

The canopy protects the travelator users from adverse weather.

The canopy is stretched between two large steel rings attached to the building facades and provides an interesting screen for coloured LED projections.

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Project entered in the LSAA 2016 Design Awards (Cat 2, 492)

Entrant: Tensys Engineers Pty Ltd (Engineer)

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

Client: with me. com

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