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:
Trailfinders Australian Garden - Chelsea Flower Show
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.
Pou Manawa - Auckland International Airport
Pou Manawa (Maori name for the Tree) is the heart of the new retail centre at Auckland International Airport, it stands proud where people gather, coming and going from their journeys around the world.
Fabric Structure Systems were approached with a brief to develop the significant sculptural piece for the Auckland International Airport’s retail departures area.
Pou Manawa takes the form of a sculptural tree, crafted from SEFAR® Architecture fabric & tensioned into place, creating a continuous light translucent surface, which is rear projected to bring the Tree to life, with various natural & traditional Maori themes.
Entrant: Fabritecture (Part of Alexander Pacific Group)
- Category: 2 ID Number: 2301
- Location: Brisbane
- Client: AGS Construction
- Completion Date: February 2012
- Architect: Teo Cavallo Architects
- Structural Engineer: ADG
- Fabricator: Fabritecture
- Installer: Fabritecture
Halo was designed to take full advantage of Brisbane's wonderful weather offering a sophisticated, open-air lounge environment. In the trendy suburb of Paddington on the West Side of Brisbane is the Caxton Street Precinct famous for its entertainment venues and bustling nightlife.
An architecturally designed tensioned fabric roof was installed. The 'floating' fabric roof was designed to be the halo on top of the outdoor lounge bar - a distinctive feature of the venue, and of the surrounding area.
The fabric roofing structure improves the nightclub facilities with the addition of a weatherproof rooftop bar and lounge area which allows the venue to be enjoyed by guests all year round, even in the colder months.
Entrant: MakMax Australia
Category: 5 ID Number: 4304
Location: Colebatch Way, South Hedland, WA
Client: UDLA and Landcorp
Completion Date: October 2011
Architect: Advance Timber Concept & University of WA
Structural Engineer: Scott Smally Partnership
Builder: Ertech Pty Ltd
Fabricator: MakMax Australia
"A lot of effort for a small structure, should become iconic."
"Good to see a combination of timber frame and lightweight fabric, although the structure seems less than graceful."
APPLICATION OF PROJECT:
Fabric cladding to wooden frame, roofing structure.
The opportunity to use a timber frame to support tensile membrane does not present its self often. The striking visual effect this combination creates is often associated with nautical themes and the presence of water. Far from the sea in Western Australia, our client requested a timber framed saddle shaped structure erected to provide shade to an outdoor stage.
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