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. Some examples are:
The following articles are in random order:
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.
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.
The head contractor was charged with building the new bridge and redesigning the old bridge. The Department of Main Roads was the principal client.
60 Margaret Street
Credits - Entered by MakMax
Category: Tension structures - (coated fabrics) less than 500sqm
Client: W. Eggerking & Co Pty Ltd
Engineer: Tensys, Peter Lim
Fabric: Hiraoka 212-II SAC
Date completed: 21 February 2012
Address: 60 Margaret Street, Sydney NSW 2000
Steel Supplier: Steelman
Fabric Supplier: Hiraoka Australia
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
Entrant: Fabritecture (Part of Alexander Pacific Group)
- Category: 2 ID Number: 2301
- Location: Brisbane
- Client: AGS Construction
- Completion Date: February 2012
- Architect: Teo Cavallo Architects
- Structural Engineer: ADG
- Fabricator: Fabritecture
- Installer: Fabritecture
Halo was designed to take full advantage of Brisbane's wonderful weather offering a sophisticated, open-air lounge environment. In the trendy suburb of Paddington on the West Side of Brisbane is the Caxton Street Precinct famous for its entertainment venues and bustling nightlife.
An architecturally designed tensioned fabric roof was installed. The 'floating' fabric roof was designed to be the halo on top of the outdoor lounge bar - a distinctive feature of the venue, and of the surrounding area.
The fabric roofing structure improves the nightclub facilities with the addition of a weatherproof rooftop bar and lounge area which allows the venue to be enjoyed by guests all year round, even in the colder months.
Award of Excellence, LSAA 2018 Design Awards Cat 1 Small Structures
Application of Project
Retail Development Travelator Canopy
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.
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:
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