Large fabric structures have generally been thought of as those that have a fabric surface area greater than 1000 square metres. These structures may be described as single surfaces or panels in the form of one of the classic hypars, barrel vaults, cones, panels with single or crossing arches - or a combination.

Larger fabric structures can also be made from several modules or panels of similar forms to build up a substantial sized structure. The multiple panels might be arranged in a linear layout, or in a circular or oval pattern commonly found in stadia roofs.  The boundaries are defined structurally and geometrically by straight or curved elements such as arches, edge beams and cables. The prestress forces from adjacent panels often counterbalance and the more efficient structures have a larger degree of symmetry and continuity such as a complete "bicycle wheel" for the roof a major sports stadium.

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Rio Tinto Stadium

Entrant:             Structurflex Ltd - Engineering Fabrication Installation
Location:            Sandy - Salt Lake City Utah USA
Client:                Salt Lake County - Utah & Real Salt Lake
Architect:           Rossetti Architects
Struct. Eng.:       Wade Design Engineers & Wayne Rendely PE
Builder:              Turner Construction
Fabricator:          Structurflex


The project was entered in the 2013 LSAA Design Awards (Large Structures)

Platypus Remediation

Entrant:  Global Fabric Structures (UFS)

•      Category:  4  ID Number:  3301

•      Location:         Sydney

•      Client:             Thiess Australia

•      Completion Date:  December 2012


•      Structural Engineer:    Wade Design Engineers

•      Fabricator:                   Global Fabric Structures

•      Installer:                      Global Fabric Structures

APPLICATION OF PROJECT: Environmental Remediation


The former HMAS Platypus site is nestled below the suburb of Neutral Bay, Sydney Australia on a quiet harbour inlet.

This site has been an integral part of the history of Sydney Harbour since the early 1800's. A gasworks, a workshop for servicing torpedoes and a base for Australian Submarines have a left a contaminated industrial site that is excavated out of sandstone and spread over several levels.

The site has an area of approximately 1.8 hectares and includes 11 buildings and structures, some of which are of heritage significance.  The soils, bedrock and groundwater on the site are contaminated, predominately related to the former gas works operations.

The Sydney Harbour Federation Trust acquired HMAS Platypus in 2005 and has commenced the restoration, for the enjoyment of present and future generations to enjoy the history, heritage and harbourside location.

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LSAA Design Awards 2013 High Commendation

Mooloolaba Bowls Club

Entrant:                                 Light Weight Structures

  • Category:  4                ID Number:  4351
  • Location:                     Mooloolaba
  • Client:                         Mooloolaba Bowls Club
  • Completion Date:        November 2011


  • Structural Engineer:    Jeremy Hunter
  • Specialists:                  Trevor Scott Building Designer
  • Builder:                       Light Weight Structures
  •  Fabricator:                   Stanfast
  • Installer:                      Light Weight Structures

Judges Comments:

"An elegant project - the best of the bowling club offerings. As well as taking care of core business, the structure lends some design distinction to a town not oversupplied with architectural gems."

APPLICATION OF PROJECT:   Bowling Green Canopy

The project covered two bowling greens each measuring 1240 sqmts for a total undercover area of the tensile structure 3253 sqmts.  Fabric roofing was the superior choice of roofing material over metal roofing, as fabric offers translucency of natural light during daylight hours and with the use of energy efficient up lights an aesthetically favorable backlit effect at night with the added benefit of shadow free reflected lighting to the bowling arena. 

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The structural design features leaning arches and valley cables spanning the width of the structure forming a Ridge and Valley canopy. The ends of structure are curved/closed encapsulating artificial nighttime light within the roof canopy minimizing the nighttime light spillage and annoyance to neighboring properties.

Marassi Beach Resort, Egypt 


Shading systems: The Marassi beach Clubhouse, resort villas, and spas required a large range of shading systems.


Marassi is a Mediterranean‐styled resort development sprawling across 1,544 acres of pristine waterfront. Situated along the magical shores of Sidi Abdul Rahman bay, the resort is close to Alexandria and a few miles away from the historic city of El Alamein.

The Marassi beach Clubhouse, resort villas, and spas required a large range of shading systems. The main circular bar area was covered using a multi‐layered shade sail system with one central connection post. Selected outdoor seating areas were also shaded using a series of smaller hypar‐shade sails grouped into multiple rectangular configurations. The finished design incorporates a total of 66 posts, 2 diamond shaped sails, 4 triangular sails and 21 rectangular hypar sails.

Pacific Fair Resort Roof

Fabritecture (Designer and Installer)

Location: The Esplanade.   Completed:

Client: Scentre Group (Westfield)

Team:  Scentre Group (Westfield), Wade Design, Textile Fabrication Services, Fabritecture 

Auckland Zoo Aviaries 


As part of a major upgrade to Auckland Zoo, Fabric Structure Systems built four new aviaries to accommodate different New Zealand bird & animal species.


Thirteen years in the planning and almost four years in the design and building, Te Wao Nui is Auckland Zoo’s most significant project in its eighty-eight-year history. Covering more than 20 percent of the zoo’s seventeen hectares, the exhibit showcases New Zealand species in their natural environment.

Visitors will journey through re-creations of six native habitats – the coast, islands, wetlands, night, forest and high country – featuring more than one hundred native plants and sixty animal species. Given the high proportion of winged and feathered New Zealand species, four of the zones are eighteen-meter-diameter aviaries, linked via a series of walkways.