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:

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

Melbourne International Arts Festival - The Clubhouse

Entrant: Tensys
Client: Melbourne International Arts Festival
Architect: Wood Marsh Architecture
Structural Engineer: Tensys
Specialist Consultant(s): Tensys
Builder: Melbourne International Arts Festival
Fabricator(s): Atkins Fabrications Pty Ltd, 
Thornton Engineering Australia Pty Ltd - steelwork

1007 Arch  1007 Interior

The Clubhouse

As part of the 2006 Melbourne International Arts Festival program, Artistic Director Kristy Edmunds has commissioned Melbourne’s latest piece of urban architecture – The Clubhouse.

 

Designed by Melbourne-based architects Wood Marsh and engineered and project managed by Tensys, The Clubhouse will be temporarily located on the Upper Terrace of Hamer Hall at the Arts Centre throughout the Festival from Thursday 12 October.

John Power Stand - Eagle Farm, Brisbane

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

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.

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Jirrawun Arts Centre

Entrant: UFS Australasia Pty Ltd
Client: Jirrawun Arts Pty ltd
Architect: Bruce Henderson Architects
Structural Engineer: Craft Projects
Specialist Consultant(s): UFS
Fabricator(s): Fabric Shelter Systems, DMG Engineering

2837 A  2837 B

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Tensys Engineers Pty Ltd (Engineer)

Location: Chicago / New York / Dallas / Las Vegas / San Jose.   Completed: 2014

Client: with me. com

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

Trailfinders Australian Garden - Chelsea Flower Show

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

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.

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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Project:              Penbank Sound Shell
Entrant:             Structureflex Pacific – Designer / Fabricator
Location:            Penbank School, 460 Tyabb Rd, Moorooduc, Vic
Client:                Penbank School
Struct. Eng.:      John Killmister  
Builder:              Shade Living
Fabricator:          Structureflex Pacific

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Nambour Hospital Shade Structures

  • Category:  3    ID Number:  3351

  • Location:         Nambour, Queensland

  • Client:             Made for Shade

  • Completion Date:  June 2012

Credits:

  • 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.