Projects in this category include non-prestressed structures such as domes and shells made from more traditional materials like concrete.

Prestressed structures may include saddle shaped cablenets, planar wall or roof glass surfaces supported by a stressed cable network.

Externally supported roofs (cable supported) also come into this category.

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Atmosphere Façade Park Beach Plaza

Entrant:  Ronstan International, Locker Group, Tensys Engineers

  • Category:  6                ID Number:  5111

  • Location:                     253 Pacific Highway, Coffs Harbour, NSW

  • Client:                         Park Beach Plaza

  • Completion Date:        February 2013

Credits:

  • Architect:                    Red Dog Architects

  • Structural Engineer:    DeGroot Benson

  • Specialists:                  Tensys Engineers - Structural Design

  • Builder:                       Edwards Constructions

  • Fabricator:                   Ronstan International, Locker Group

  • Installer:                      Ronstan International

PROJECT APPLICATION AND DESCRIPTION: Facade

Design, fabrication and installation of cable supported perforated aluminium façade on Park Beach Plaza Car Park at Coffs Harbour.

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LSAA 2013 Design Award of Excellence

Wintergarden Art Façade

Entrant:                     Tensys Engineers Pty Ltd

•      Category:  5    ID Number:  6513

•      Location:                     Queen Street Mall, Brisbane

•      Client:                         Industry Super Property Trust Pty Ltd

•      Completion Date:         April 2012

Credits:

•      Architect:                    Studio 505

•      Structural Engineer:     Tensys Engineers

•      Builder:                       Brookfield Multiplex

•      Fabricator:                   UAP


Judges Comments:

"Will probably settle in to become a heritage icon in Brisbane."

"Now that's how to disguise a carpark. Makes a great contribution to the public realm. Vivid, joyful - makes excellent use of contemporary steel design and fabrication technology."

APPLICATION OF PROJECT:   

The vertical façade works is part of the redevelopment of the wintergarden shopping centre..  This façade creates a uniform streetscape, providing a visual barrier to a number of existing carparking levels and different buildings along Queen Street Mall. 

PROJECT DESCRIPTION:

Wintergarden redevelopment architectural façade on Queen, Elizabeth and Edward Street, Brisbane.  The architectural intent of the façade is to create a three dimensional depiction of a winter garden painting  To achieve this, the façade consists of multi layers of rigid cladding supported by a modular structural steel grillage frame.  In addition to the cladding panels, the façade consists of a number of steel frame, stainless steel cald butterflies which cantilever from the grillage.

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Overview of Cablenet Structures

Australia can bost a very early cable net structure in the Sidney Myer Music Bowl in Melbourne. 

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The modern cablenet structures burst on the international scene with the Expo 67 German Pavilion constructed in Montreal, Canada.

This was a larger version of the cablenet roof prototype designed by Frei Otto's team and used now to house the IL at the University of Stuggart.

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The next structure, and the most famous is the impressive stadiums for the Munich Olympics designed by Frei Otto.

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Highly stressed cable trusses are also used to support flat glass surfaces now common for facades.

South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI)

SAHMRI is a world class facility for medical research under construction in Adelaide (July 2015)

The facility will increase the ability for new leading edge research and clinical applications into better treatment and potential cures for the most challenging diseases.

The building has an interesting curved facade as illustrated in the following images.

Images by Peter Kneen 2015.

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Jagged Edge - Queenstown NZ

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

An Atypical design and Construct project involving a house for a confidential client. The design was prepared and presented as a “Design+Construct” package that was purchased as a package by the Client. The Builders Team had prepared preliminary documentation based on advice from specialist consultants and Architects. The design was then proposed for sale to the market as a complete delivery vehicle.

The project is a residential building built on the side of hill with an impressive vantage point. The main goal of the design is to maximise transparency to optimise the view.

The bedrock of the mountain is used for the foundation of the roof which is suspended projecting towards the lake. The project utilises tension cables and clamps to support the glass façade panels.

Biofilter at Surry Hills Library

Entrant:            Taylor Thomson Whitting - Designer
Location:           Surry Hills NSW
Client:               City of Sydney Council
Architect:          Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp
Struct. Eng.:     Taylor Thomson Whitting
Specialist:          Mech Eng: Steenson Varming
Others:             Austress
Builder:             WBHO Probuild