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:

Mandura Fishing Pier


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.

Elements Wine Bar

Entrant:                Structurflex Ltd - Turn-key Contractor
Location:              KCPL District - Kansas City Missouri USA
Client:                 The Cordish Group
Architect:            360 Architects
Struct. Eng.:        Wade Design Engineers & Wayne Rendely PE
Builder:               Structurflex
Fabricator:          Structurflex


'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

Flemington Racecourse

Entrant: Taiyo Membrane Corp
Client: Victoria Racing Club
Architect: Taiyo Membrane Corporation
Structural Engineer: Xiang Du (TMC)
Fabricator(s): Taiyo Membrane Corp

3001 A  3001 E

Project:                Yatala Tank Cover
Entrant:                MakMax Australia - Designer
Location:              Fosters Australia - Cuthbert Road Yatala QLD 4207
Client:                  Foster's Australia
Struct. Eng.:        MakMax Australia
Others:                MakMax (Installation)
Builder:                MakMax Australia
Fabricator:           MakMax Australia


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.