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:
The following articles are in random order:
Commendation at LSAA 2018 Design Awards
In late 2017, the new Oran Park Library & Community Resource Centre underwent an AUD$13.8million development. Part of the works was a design & construction contract for a lightweight architectural ETFE façade at the front of the library. The façade faces the Western sun, providing an effective solar barrier from the heat, and adding a striking aesthetic to the building.
The façade features a series of triangular 2-layer ETFE cushions, alternating in colour and direction, in red, yellow, white and translucent foil with a standard frit pattern print.
The development plan for the Community Centre had a specification for an artwork requirement, so the client was after a functional façade that also satisfied the criteria of structural artwork. A structure such as the Oran Park ETFE façade is considered a piece of architectural artwork as it includes elements of creativity amid the constraints of a functional piece of engineering.
John Power Stand - Eagle Farm, Brisbane
Eagle Farm Racecourse is an iconic Brisbane building, hosting race days twice weekly and accommodating hoards of racegoers every year. The main stand named John Power Stand was erected in the early 1900s. Since then the structure has aged leaving an unsightly concrete ceiling viewable from the main observation area.
MakMax was engaged to supply a permeable ceiling structure to cover the concrete from view while allowing access for inspection purposes. This structure also needed to eliminate nesting areas for birds under the old roof. MakMax engineers used the perimeter or building as well as the support columns to sustain the fabric, although the outcome is much different to look at the principals of the structure is not unlike many conic structures.
The addition of this fabric ceiling gives John Power Stand a much needed facelift. Our client Watpac Speciality Services is very pleased with the result.
Category: 3 ID Number: 3351
Location: Nambour, Queensland
Client: Made for Shade
Completion Date: June 2012
Structural Engineer: Jeremy Hunter
Specialists: Trevor Scott Building Designer, Lightweight Structures
Builder: Made for Shade
Fabricator: Made for Shade
APPLICATION OF PROJECT:
Essentially the purpose of the project was about cost effective space creation.
The tensioned awning is positioned over a deck area on the first floor at the Nambour children’s hospital. The Hospital is located on the side of a steep incline, the deck is located in an elevated position.
The awning-covered deck now allows children recovering from surgery or illness to play outdoors on the deck in supervised shaded conditions. Previously children were confined to an internal hospital playroom.
Mary McKillop College Amphitheatre
Shade And Membrane Structures Australia (Design / Project Management / Install)
Completed: May 8 2014
Client: James Trowse Constructions
Team: Opus Architecture, Osborn Lane, James Trowse Constructions, Shadecom
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
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