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.
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.
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:
Entrant: MakMax Australia
Category: 5 ID Number: 4304
Location: Colebatch Way, South Hedland, WA
Client: UDLA and Landcorp
Completion Date: October 2011
Architect: Advance Timber Concept & University of WA
Structural Engineer: Scott Smally Partnership
Builder: Ertech Pty Ltd
Fabricator: MakMax Australia
"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.
Central Westgate Sky Walk
Entrant: GeoMetal Limited (Design & Engineering)
Location: Nonthaburi, Thailand. Completed: 24 August 2015
Client: Central Pattana Public Company Limited
Team: Pasalandscape Company Limited, Fastech Company Limited, Project Planing Public Company Limited, Power Line Engineering Public Company Limited, Fastech Company Limited
First concept was a waving, curved surface, using a rigid 3D curved steel arches as supporting structures.
Engineering works also included form-finding, structural analysis, CFD analysis, detailing design, Installation method.
The fabric area was 191 sqm, the weight of steel 7.41 tons and the type of fabric used was 702T2
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