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
Team: Cox Rayner Architects, Tensys, Arup, MakMax Australia
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.
and some more projects
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
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.
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.
Pacific Fair Resort Roof
Fabritecture (Designer and Installer)
Location: The Esplanade. Completed:
Client: Scentre Group (Westfield)
Team: Scentre Group (Westfield), Wade Design, Textile Fabrication Services, Fabritecture
Entrant: MakMax Australia
Category: 4 ID Number: 4302
Location: Brisbane Domestic Airport
Client: Brisbane Airport Corporation
Completion Date: June 2012
Others: Custom Cables
Builder: Liang O'Rourke Pty Ltd
Fabricator: MakMax Australia
APPLICATION OF PROJECT: Pedestrian bridge roof, open air.
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.
Brisbane State Tennis Outdoor Show Courts
Entrant: UFS Australasia Pty Ltd - Designer / Fabricator
Location: 190 King Arthur Terrace - Tennyson Qld 4105
Architect: Mirvac Design
Struct. Eng.: Wade Consulting
Specialist: Steel Structures Australia
Builder: Universal Fabric Structures / Ozrig
Fabricator: Skyspan Asia
Entrant: Structurflex Limited
Category: 4 ID Number: 4101
Client: Westlake Girls High School
Completion Date: May 2012
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
"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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