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:

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

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.

Panoli Gate - India

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

As a flagship development in the area Panoli needed a striking and unique entrance. MakMax’s Indian office was able to provide a prominent entrance structure to suit. The project, Panoli Gate House presented a new challenge for MakMax engineers. The large 1,300 sqm area required shade, weather protection, as well as a plan for collecting run off. Inspired by the design and functionality of the St Tropez products MakMax already produces as standard products, engineers decided to replicate this shape and function on a grand scale.

The inverted cone shape of the modular structure eliminates rain water run off by collecting all water through integrated concealed drains. The design allows all water collected to enter the supporting columns, from there it is either stored or eliminated below ground.

Brisbane Airport Walkway

Entrant:                                 MakMax Australia

  • Category:  4                ID Number:  4302

  • Location:                     Brisbane Domestic Airport

  • Client:                         Brisbane Airport Corporation

  • Completion Date:        June 2012

Credits:

  • Architect:                    Hassell

  • Others:                       Custom Cables

  • Builder:                       Liang O'Rourke Pty Ltd

  • Fabricator:                   MakMax Australia

  • Installer:                      OzRig

  • Steelwork:                   Steelman

APPLICATION OF PROJECT:    Pedestrian bridge roof, open air.

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PROJECT DESCRIPTION:

This airport terminal access project involves the construction of a major pedestrian bridge linking a new multi-level car park and train platforms to the terminal building one of the country’s business airports.

This covered walkway project is part of a larger group of construction projects which serve to improve all pedestrian and vehicular traffic at the airport. Our client requested design, fabrication and installation of the tensioned membrane roof system. The purpose was purely weather protection for pedestrian traffic on new pedestrian access bridge.

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.

The Grand Pavilion, Royal Melbourne Showgrounds

Entrant: Oasis Tension Structures
Client: Multiplex Constructions (Vic) Pty Ltd
Architect: Darryl Jackson Pty Ltd
Structural Engineer: Tensys
Specialist Consultant(s): Drafting Steel One
Builder: Oasis Tension Structures (Australia) Pty Ltd
Fabricator(s): Atkins Fabrications Pty Ltd Structurflex NZ, 
Geelong Fabrications, Ronstan

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Platypus Remediation

Entrant:  Global Fabric Structures (UFS)

•      Category:  4  ID Number:  3301

•      Location:         Sydney

•      Client:             Thiess Australia

•      Completion Date:  December 2012

Credits:

•      Structural Engineer:    Wade Design Engineers

•      Fabricator:                   Global Fabric Structures

•      Installer:                      Global Fabric Structures

APPLICATION OF PROJECT: Environmental Remediation

PROJECT DESCRIPTION:

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

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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.

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

Credits:         

  • 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:   

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. 

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.

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