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.
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Small tensioned fabric or membrane structures are "defined" to have a surface area of about 250 square metres or less to correspond to this category in the LSAA Design Awards.
Applications may include "signature" entrances to buildings, small sheltered areas or storage coverings. Outdoor sound stages will benefit from a well designed sound shell to project the performance.
Here are a few examples:
- Category: 1 ID Number: 1301
- Location: Cockburn Town Centre, SA
- Client: Phase 3 Landscapes
- Completion Date: February 2013
- Structural Engineer: ADG
- Builder: Fabritecture
- Fabricator: Fabritecture
- Installer: Fabritecture
Fabritecture delivered the design and installation of a customized fabric structure that echoed the vibrant community tapestry of Cockburn in Western Australia.
In line with the project brief, Fabritecture utilised the design inspiration of a multi faceted community and its lifestyle needs.
The finished fabric structure provides an iconic and unique landmark - a welcome addition to the tapestry of community life.
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
Melbourne Girls Grammar School Cover to Communal Deck
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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