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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The following articles are in random order:

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.

APPLICATION OF PROJECT:

Community Gathering hub, Shelter and Performance stage.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
Highly Complex, Triangulated, Polycarbonate roof structure, with a complete 3-Dimensional form.

86m2 total roof surface including both structures.

DESIGN / FABRICATION / INSTALLATION BRIEF

Design Intent

Technical challenges from our perspective where mainly based around design intent and ensuring we could maintain this, whilst managing the overall buildability of the structure to ensure we could build within councils limited budget. We achieved this by working with Council and discussing design changes openly to ensure everyone involved was on the same page. The total Surface area of the Polycarbonate roof panels is 86 m2.

'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

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

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

APPLICATION OF PROJECT:       Covered Walkway for a Shopping Mall

Nowadays, more and more commercial centers are launched. Among those, consumers always pay attention and choose the eye-catching, sophisticated design as a destination for shopping. Because of that reason, the architects study a unique design to attract pedestrians and Membrane structures is their choice.

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DESIGN / FABRICATION / INSTALLATION BRIEF

First concept was a waving, curved surface, using steel arch as supporting structures.
Engineering works also include form-finding, structure analysis, CFD analysis, detailing design, Installation method.

STRUCTURAL SYSTEMS

Rigid frame, steel three-dimensional curved arch

MATERIALS

Central skywalk fabric area 191 sqm.

Steel weight 7.410 tons.

Fabric type 702T2 - High-frequency welding method was chosen .

 

Australian Wildlife Centre Healseville Sanctuary

Entrant: Taiyo Membrane Corp, Tattersall Engineering, Minifie Nixon Arch
Client: Zoos Victoria
Architect: Minifie Nixon
Structural Engineer: Tattersall Engineering
Specialist Consultant(s): Wade Consultants, Taiyo Membrane Corporation
Builder: Behmer and Wright
Fabricator(s): Taiyo Membrane Corp

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