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. Some examples are:
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Trailfinders Australian Garden - Chelsea Flower Show
MakMax’s client, Flemings Nurseries exhibits annually at the Royal Horticultural Society’s Chelsea Flower Show, one of the world most prestigious social and horticultural events. Fleming’s often win awards for their unique exhibition stands. MakMax was engaged to bring an architect’s design to life in the form of a unique temporary structure for Fleming’s entry at the 2011 RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
DESIGN / FABRICATION / INSTALLATION BRIEF
Our client, Flemings Nurseries, engaged architect, Ian Barker to design their most recent stand. The architect’s inspiration included themes of colonization and the discovery of Australia. Natural shapes and light play a large part in the design brief. The importance of the horticultural theme in the discovery of Australia is through botanist Sir Joseph Banks who along with Captain Cook first documented the unique native flora of Australia. MakMax was engaged to bring this idea to life through the architect’s vision.
Although the concept was the work of the architect, some of the technical details of manufacture were not conceptualized until MakMax engineers began looking at the design from a practical point of view. Being a self supporting structure we had a fair amount of control over the manufacture and fixing details of the project.
This project was submitted for the 2016 Design Awards in the Small Structures Category.
Entrant: 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
'I Dips Me Lid' (NGV Architectural Commission)
John Wardle Architects (Architect / Designer)
Location: National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne. Completed: 15 September 2015
Client: National Gallery of Victoria
Team: Matthew van Kooy, John Bahoric, Electrolight (lighting), 3D Structural Solutions (Shop Drawings), Light Project, Engineering Directions
APPLICATION OF PROJECT:
The project was to supply and install a unique waterproof shade cloth structure over the old two lane Mandurah Bridge built in 1952 .
The old bridge was recently decommissioned to vehicles and replaced by a modern 4 lane bridge to cater to growing population and traffic needs of Mandura and the Peel region of WA. The old bridge with it timber and concrete undercarriage was to be partially retained and converted into an attraction.
The area under cover is 207sqm. This is 9m x 23m. The shade structure weighing ten tonnes with post masts up to 9m tall was built on the bridge platform using only the old piers as anchor points. Eight posts were braced onto eight old piers. The structure comprises 6 intersecting PVC shade sails. Cut outs were incorporated in the patterning of the sails which enabled posts to poke through the structure at a height of 4m.
The head contractor was charged with building the new bridge and redesigning the old bridge. The Department of Main Roads was the principal client.
Entrant: Tensys Engineers Pty Ltd
- Category: 6 ID Number: 6512
- Location: Royal Botanical Gardens, Melbourne
- Client: Listen Out Festival, Melbourne 2013
- Completion Date: 2013
- Architect: Tim Schork MADA, Monash University
- Structural Engineer: Tensys Engineers
- Others: Callum Morton (MAP)
- Builder: Monash Art Design & Architecture (MADA)
- Fabricator: MADA
"Beautifully resolved on all levels."
"An innovative, imaginative and thoroughly engaging project. So right for purpose - a canopy under which to shelter in a park while listening to music. Great colour. Joyful work that captures the spirit and essence of lightweight construction."
APPLICATION OF PROJECT:
Temporary structure for the Listen Out Music Festival at the Royal Botanical Gardens in Melbourne.
Experimental work exploring the different tensile anticlastic forms. This structure is an end result of conceptual and digital studies carried out by MADA students of a cloud. The functional brief was to provide a temporary shading structure for the patrons of the festival covering a 5m x 5m footprint.
Aussie World Entrance Canopy
Entrant: Light Weight Structures Advisory Service - Engineering Fabrication Installation
Location: Bruce Highway - Palmview
Client: Aussie World Theme Park
Struct. Eng.: Trevor Scott & Jeremy Hunter
Builder: Aussie World Project Management
Fabricator: Made 4 Shade (Maroochydore)
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