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:

Chevron Renaissance

MakMax Australia (Engineer, Fabricator, Installer)

Location: Gold Coast, QLD. 

Team: MakMax Australia

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

  

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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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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Brisbane State Tennis Outdoor Show Courts

Entrant:             UFS Australasia Pty Ltd - Designer / Fabricator
Location:            190 King Arthur Terrace - Tennyson Qld 4105
Client:                Mirvac
Architect:           Mirvac Design
Struct. Eng.:       Wade Consulting
Specialist:           Steel Structures Australia
Builder:              Universal Fabric Structures / Ozrig
Fabricator:          Skyspan Asia

  

ASU – Skysong

Entrant:          Atkins Fabrication (Aust) Pty Ltd – Fabricator
Location:         Arizona State University – USA
Client:             USA Shade & Fabric Structures Inc.
Struct. Eng.:    Wade Engineers
Fabricator:       Atkins Fabrication (Australia) Pty Ltd

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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.