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.

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Large fabric structures have generally been thought of as those that have a fabric surface area greater than 1000 square metres.

Often large projects will be made up of multiple panels of fabric whose 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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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.

Melbourne Sports & Aquatic Centre

Entrant: Taiyo Membrane Corp
Client: Major Projects Australia
Architect: Peddle Thorpe Architects
Structural Engineer: Xiang Du (TMC) & Connell Mott McDonald
Specialist Consultant(s): Connell Wagner (steel design)
Builder: John Holland Pty Ltd

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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

  

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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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

  

Waitomo Glowworm Caves Visitor Centre - New Zealand

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

Sheltered below an innovative woven timber canopy, new amenities for visitors to the Waitomo Caves includes tourist gathering areas, 250-seat dining, retail, seminar and exhibition areas as well as a café and theatre for Tourism Holdings Ltd (Fig.1). (Note: These Figures / drawings are not available)

The cave entrance is accessed from the car park on the upper path while a lower path returns the visitors back alongside the stream exit (Fig. 2). Between these paths the amenities were accommodated within a simple base structure that extended the contours of the land (Fig. 3). The form of the base is distinguished and separate from the curved geometry of the overhead canopy.

The historic caves were formed from the limestone transported by water over thousands of years, so we wanted to emphasis a connection with the Waitomo stream and the flows of water running through the caves. The canopy gridshell is aligned with the curve of the Waitomo stream. It reinforces the generating idea for this project of a simple lightweight ‘sky shell’ to counterpoint the subterranean cave space that is dissolved and moulded out of the ground. (Fig. 4). The canopy in combination with the caves, create a positive and a negative, if you like.

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.