Small Fabric Structures: Typically these may be of a plan area of 250 square metres or less. They are often used as shade structures or as signature items at entrances to larger buildings.

Other applications include the provision for a shaded area in playgrounds, school yards, car dealerships and as internal sculptures.

They may be made from coated fabrics as a water-proof barrier or of open fabric such as knitted shade cloth.

The following articles are in random order:

Central Westgate Sky Walk

GeoMetal Limited (Design & Engineering)

Location: Nonthaburi, Thailand.   Completed: 24 August 2015

Client: Central Pattana Public Company Limited

Team: Pasalandscape Company Limited, Fastech Company Limited, Project Planing Public Company Limited, Power Line Engineering Public Company Limited, Fastech Company Limited

Nerang State School Outdoor Amphitheatre, Qld

APPLICATION OF PROJECT:

Playground Shade Structure: the amphitheatre provides a modern sheltered assembly area for students and teachers, and boasts a unique architectural focal point within the school.

Nerang School

PROJECT DESCRIPTION:

As part of the Queensland Government National School Pride Program, a project was created for the design and construction of twin architectural roof canopies to cover the Nerang State School outdoor amphitheatre.

Key elements of the design brief included:

•      Structures were designed to cover both the stage and the audience steps

•      The main area had to be completely covered

•      Views had to be maintained between the canopy and the amphitheatre stairs

•      Provide all‐weather protection for the students of Nerang State School

•      Complete installation had to be achieved during the summer school holiday period so as not to interrupt students during construction

Perth Children's Hospital

Fabritecture (Designer and Installer)

Location: Subiaco, WA.   Completed: July 30 2015

Client: John Holland Group

Team: JCY Architects, Greenup Design International, Fabritecture, Textile Fabrication Services, Fabritecture

Mpowerdome Entry Structure

Entrant: UFS Australasia Pty Ltd
Client: Mpowerdome
Architect: Small Quinton Coleman Architects
Structural Engineer: Wade Consulting Group
Builder: UFS
Fabricator(s): Fabric Shelter Systems

1837 Night   1837 Daytime View

Northern Busways Park & Ride Terminals

Entrant: Structurflex Ltd
Client: North Shore Council
Architect: Opus
Structural Engineer: Compusoft Engineering Auckland
Builder: Works Infrastructure
Fabricator(s): Structurflex Ltd 

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DESIGN BRIEF

The architect's requirements were:

  • To create a space that retained a sense of daylight.
  • To provide a unique roof as a landmark for the bus stations.
  • To provide a number of connected canopies that gave a cloud effect.
  • To provide a means of hiding the florescent lighting and components within the "clouds".

STRUCTURAL SYSTEMS

A series of I beams were used supported on 6 columns joining the two sides of the building.

These beams have a duel purpose on the top side acting as both structural member and gutter.

Underneath the area within the beam is used to conceal the lighting components and fixing cleats.

Small tensioned fabric or membrane structures are "defined" to have a surface area of about 250 square metres or less to correspond to this category in the LSAA Design Awards.

Applications may include "signature" entrances to buildings, small sheltered areas or storage coverings. Outdoor sound stages will benefit from a well designed sound shell to project the performance.

Here are a few examples:

 

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600,600,60,1,5000,1000,25,2000
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Orion Springfield

Entrant: Architectural Sails
Client The Mirvac Group
Architect: Rice Daubney
Structural Engineer: Wade Consulting Group
Builder: Mirvac Constructions (Qld) P/L
Fabricator(s): Architectural Sails

1463 Street View  1463 Street View 2 

Little Edward Street Atrium Roof

Shade And Membrane Structures Australia (Design / Project Management / Install)

Completed: December 5 2013

Client: Bennelong Funds Management

Team:  Global Membrane Design, SAMA, Shadecom / Fabric Solutions

Melbourne Girls Grammar School Cover to Communal Deck

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

Inverted conic covering a communal deck for year 5 & 6 girls at Melbourne Girls Grammar

The structural form is an asymmetric inverted conic, with what is basically a rectangular upper perimeter. In plan the area covered is small, about 12.5m by 11m, and the height varies from 3m at the bale ring to 5.5m at the lower edge to 9m at the highest edge

The conical form is asymmetrical about all axes. The bale ring has been set close to one corner so that the inverted  conical shape is accentuated by being well away from the adjoining buildings to which it is attached, and so that the stormwater drainage through the bale ring has minimal interference with use of the deck on wet days.

The function of the structure is to provide critical protection of the school students from the elements during breaks in their school day, creating an outdoor leisure environment that mixes native plants with modern aesthetic material technology. It provides a space where the children can relax and briefly escape the physical confines of school.  Even whilst raining, the children can retreat to this area and have their senses stimulated by the rain drumming on the tensioned fabric whilst the water is collected and pushed along the highly strung cables, creating a cylinder of rushing water. Classes can be held on the tiered decking during most weather conditions.

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Cockburn Town Square

Entrant:                        Fabritecture

  • Category:  1                  ID Number:  1301
  • Location:                       Cockburn Town Centre, SA
  • Client:                           Phase 3 Landscapes
  • Completion Date:           February 2013

Credits:

  • Structural Engineer:       ADG
  • Builder:                         Fabritecture
  • Fabricator:                     Fabritecture
  • Installer:                        Fabritecture

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Fabritecture delivered the design and installation of a customized fabric structure that echoed the vibrant community tapestry of Cockburn in Western Australia.

In line with the project brief, Fabritecture utilised the design inspiration of a multi faceted community and its lifestyle needs.

The finished fabric structure provides an iconic and unique landmark - a welcome addition to the tapestry of community life.