In terms of our LSAA Design Awards, a Medium sized Fabric Structure, or tensioned membrane structure) would have a surface area of between 250 and 1000 sqm.
Fabric or membrane structures of this size are often of one geometric form such as a conical structure with a central bale ring attached to a mast or tied down. The perimeter could be a series of edge cables, trusses or beams. If multiple units are used they the final structure may fall into the "large" category.
Other forms could be panels with internal diagonal arches, crossed arches, barrel vaults with intermediate valley cables.
The following articles are in random order:
Aquinas College Forum Structure
Entrant: Tattersall Engineering
Client: Aquinas College / J A Dodd
Architect: Designinc Adelaide (Geof Naim)
Structural Engineer: Tattersall Engineering (See SEMF 2015)
Specialist Consultant(s): Wade Consultants
Builder: Tecraft Pty Ltd
Fabricator(s): Horizon Sailmakers / C E Bartlett, Riband (Steel)
A Noble & Son (Cables)
St Joseph's College Netball Court
Structureflex (Designer / Engineer)
Location: Echuca, Victoria. Completed: January 2015
Client: St Joseph's Catholic College
Team: Y2 Architects, Steve Huppert, John Killmister (Cert. Eng), Shade Living Pty Ltd, Fabric Solutions (membrane), Thornton Engineering (steel)
60 Margaret Street
Credits - Entered by MakMax
Category: Tension structures - (coated fabrics) less than 500sqm
Client: W. Eggerking & Co Pty Ltd
Engineer: Tensys, Peter Lim
Fabric: Hiraoka 212-II SAC
Date completed: 21 February 2012
Address: 60 Margaret Street, Sydney NSW 2000
Steel Supplier: Steelman
Fabric Supplier: Hiraoka Australia
Soul Surfers Paradise, Australia
APPLICATION OF PROJECT:
Hospitality and Recreation: The tensile fabric structures provide shade canopies for the patrons of the alfresco dining areas as well as creating an aesthetic focal point to the front of the apartment building at Soul, Surfers Paradise.
Two tensile canopy structures were created as part of the $850 million beachfront Soul development project in Surfers Paradise. The multi‐level PTFE membrane structures covering the outdoor dining areas were designed to follow the radial lines of the adjacent building and walkways while seamlessly integrating with the surrounding buildings.
The design requirements were:
• Offer weather protection for patrons
• To maintain ocean views from all levels of surrounding buildings
• Create an architectural feature to attract attention to the area
• Materials and design to allow for minimal maintenance and cleaning
The tensile shade canopies utilise the full benefit of Soul’s alfresco dining areas, highlighting and capturing the ocean views and enhancing the beauty of the surrounding natural environment. The result is a striking architectural landmark that attracts attention to the Soul development.
Yas Island - Gateway Park, Abu Dhabi
In total three structures with a combined coverage of 1930m2. The project consisted of two identical shade cloth structures comprising of eight Monotech HDPE 370 shade sails, 806m2 in plan area. The third structure of similar design comprised of six main sails of Fibertop PTFE and two hypar decorative sails in Monotech HDPE 370, 318m2 in plan area. The requirement for the project was an Iconic Design providing Solar Shading to shelter play equipment and BBQ facilities.
DESIGN / FABRICATION / INSTALLATION BRIEF
The client wanted to create an architectural centerpiece for this landscape area of YAS Island. The client’s architects wanted to move away from the formality of the existing urban design scheme and create an eye-catching architectural feature in a natural landscape setting. The project site was part of extensive landscaping within the YAS Island development located near Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates.
Hornsby Aquatic Seating Covered Areas
Shade And Membrane Structures Australia (Design / Project Management / Install)
Location: Hornsby, NSW. Completed: April 30 2014
Client: ADCO Constructions / Hornsby City Council
Team: Peter Hunt Architects, Larry Shyu Global Membrane Design, ADCO Constructions, Shadecom / Fabric Solutions
Fabric Structure Systems (Designer / Fabricator / Installer)
Location: Whangarei, New Zealand. Completed: April 2016
Client: Whangarei District Council
Team: Wade Design Engineers Ltd, Fabric Structure Systems, Fabric Structure Systems, Culum Engineering (Steel)
Blacktown Village Green
This project was essentially a weather cover over a public space. During discussions with our sales team at the tendering stage it was clear that the project also had an element of environmental consideration. For this reason we developed a custom design that worked to these constraints.
The purpose according to builders was to create an inviting public recreation area. The architects specified a tensile membrane roof in order to cover the area while allowing natural light to enter the space.
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