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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LSAA Design Awards 2013 High Commendation

Project: Porto Chino

Entrant:                            Geometal Limited

  • Category:  4                ID Number:  4166

  • Location:                     Samut Sakhon, Thailand

  • Client:                         D Land Group Co., Ltd

  • Completion Date:        July 2012

Credits:

  • Architect:                    Contour Co., Ltd

  • Structural Engineer:    EDMA Co., Ltd

  • Specialists:                  Enplus Co., Ltd

  • Builder:                       Cho Rungrot Co., Ltd

  • Fabricator:                   Fastech Co., Ltd


Judges Comments:

"Contemporary structures have departed this dramatic curved shape tensiles, a nice return to Otto era."

"Seems an imaginative and successful answer to the challenge of unifying a shopping centre in need of some focus. The geometry of the main roof form adds interest to what could have been merely a pragmatic solution."

DESIGN / FABRICATION / INSTALLATION BRIEF

Our company was taking roles as design and engineer being a reason that the architect for the project came up only concept with an idea to cover void in center of life style shopping using fabric structure.

First concept was single conical, however, this was changed to one high point and one low point later to create new shape and allow wind to flow downward to space below.

Engineering works also include form-finding, structure analysis, CFD analysis, detailing design, Installation method.

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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.

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

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:   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.

Chevron Renaissance

MakMax Australia (Engineer, Fabricator, Installer)

Location: Gold Coast, QLD. 

Team: MakMax Australia