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 LSAA has a Design Award Category for Large Structures which has been defined as being greater than 1000 sqm.

The following articles are in random order:

Auckland Zoo Aviaries 

APPLICATION OF PROJECT 

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

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

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.

Nelson Mandela Bay Multipurpose Stadium

Entrant:              MakMax Australia - Designer
Location:             Prince Alfred Park - North End Lake - Port Elizabeth South Africa
Client:                 Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Municipality
Architect:            GMP Architects
Struct. Eng.:        MakMax Australia
Others:               MakMax (Installation)
Builder:              Grinaker / Interbeton JV
Fabricator:          MakMax Australia

  

Cabramatta Bowls Club

Entrant:                     MakMax Australia

  • Category:  4                ID Number:  4301

  • Location:                     Fairfield Rd, Cabramatta NSW

  • Client:                         Paynter Dixon Constructions Pty Ltd

  • Completion Date:        October 2011

Credits:

  • Structural Engineer:    Xiang Du, Fabspan

  • Builder:                       Paynter Dixon Constructions Pty Ltd

  • Fabricator:                   MakMax Australia

  • Installer:                      SydRig

  • Steelwork:                   Steelman

APPLICATION OF PROJECT:    long span sporting arena roof.

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PROJECT DESCRIPTION:

Sun safety in sport is a growing concern across all sectors of our community. Providing a playing surface protected from harmful sun is vital to the continuity of some sports. The sport of lawn bowls in particular have realised this is especially true for their aging demographic and shrinking membership.

DESIGN / FABRICATION / INSTALLATION BRIEF

Our client requested a sustainable solution to a host of issues threatening membership and revenue at their bowling club. The Sydney based club like many other lawn bowls clubs faced dwindling membership due to sun exposure and the reliance on games only being played during the day, rained out games, high cost of green maintenance and the inability to host night events.

Queensland State Velodrome

MakMax Australia (Engineer, Fabricator, Installer)

Location: Sleeman Sports Complex, Brisbane.   Completed: August 2016

Client: Watpac

Team: Cox Rayner Architects, Tensys, Arup, MakMax Australia

Mumbai Arrival Plaza

Entrant:            MakMax Australia – Designer
Location:           Mumbai International Airport – India
Client:               Mumbai International Airport Limited
Architect:          Designcell
Struct. Eng.:      MakMax Australia
Others:             Mahimtura Consultants
Builder:             Mumbai International Airport Limited
Fabricator:         MakMax Australia

  

The Farm - Anish Kapoor

Entrant:          Structurflex Ltd - Engineering Fabrication Installation
Location:         Kaipara Harbour
Client:             Keystone Trust
Architect:        Noel Lane Architects
Struct. Eng.:    Structure Design & Compusoft Engineering
Builder:           Grayson Engineering
Fabricator:       Structurflex

  

LSAA Design Awards 2013 High Commendation

Westlake Girls High School Sports Facility

Entrant:                    Structurflex Limited

  • Category:  4                ID Number:  4101

  • Location:                     Auckland

  • Client:                         Westlake Girls High School

  • Completion Date:        May 2012

Credits:

  • Architect:                    Creative Spaces (Harry Street)

  • Structural Engineer:    Fabspan                      

  • Others:                        OCTA Associates (Project Manager)

  • Builder:                       ASPEC Construction

  • Fabricator:                   Structurflex Limited

  • Installer:                      Structurflex Limited

  • Steelwork:                   Grayson Engineering


Judges Comments:

"Well executed variant of a "Standard" structure for sports."

"A tough site by the side of a motorway. Fine integration of structure and membrane to make the most of the potential of lightweight materials. A generous span provides uncluttered space; a sense of levity throughout."


APPLICATION OF PROJECT:   

The Tension Membrane Structure we supplied covers 4 Netball Courts and 6 Tennis Courts. The School wanted to enable increased use of their Netball and Tennis Courts by adding an all weather Canopy.

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ITE College West, Singapore 

APPLICATION OF PROJECT:

Canopy shade structure: The architectural PTFE membrane canopy provides weather protection for an outdoor events plaza and exterior walkway.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

A truly stunning piece of fabric architecture was created with this stunning lightweight membrane roof at ITE College (West) in Singapore. Supported only by a complex cable system and large steel wall plates bolted to 4 different buildings, the 3000m2 PTFE Canopy provides shelter to the Events Plaza and exterior walkways below spanning an incredible 75m span in one direction and 45m in the other.

The project presented many extreme challenges that were overcome through innovative thinking and design. The 3000m2 canopy was hoisted into position from ground level and secured in just 16 hrs using 10 electric chain hoists, in conjunction with a 200T mobile crane.

The completed saddle shaped‐membrane structure adds a beautiful yet practical architectural focal point within the development and exceeded the expectations of both the client and the main contractor.