Designers of lightweight structures can be at the cutting edge of innovation and explore new applications.
The LSAA has a "special applications" category for this reason.
The following articles are in random order:
APPLICATION OF PROJECT:
Swimming pool retractable shade cover
Challenged to create an innovative retractable roof for the swimming pool in the new sports precinct development for St Margaret’s Anglican School in Brisbane, Australia, we designed, engineered, developed, tested, fabricated and installed the Velarium Variable Shade System.
The Velarium shade system developed for St Margaret’s is an advanced motorised retractable shade system. This variable shade system is created using opposing sets of architectural-grade PVC mesh shade panels, supported on a cable grid that spans freely across the width of a pool. The Velarium system allows for large spans to be covered with minimal visible structural elements above the pool.
The system can be operated directly from a master control panel or a remote hand control. Each Velarium shade section is retracted and deployed by an independent motor, giving the operator the flexibility to open or close individual panel sections to suit their requirements. This clever design allows for panels to be deployed in almost any position between fully open and fully closed, and can be controlled by a single person.
DESIGN / FABRICATION / INSTALLATION BRIEF
Blight Rayner Architects initially approached us with a challenge to design and develop a retractable roof concept for the swimming pool in the new sports precinct development at St Margaret’s Anglican School in Brisbane.
Read more: St Margaret's Velarium Retractable Shade System, Ascot, QLD (DA 2021 Entry)
Application: Innovative architectural alternative to Safety Hoarding for the construction industry
Project entered in the LSAA 2018 Design Awards (Cat 7 Special Applications, #7700)
The Dual-Skin Safety Netting Structure made from tensioned fabric is changing the way the construction Industry looks at traditional hoarding and safety nets.
Using architectural fabrics and tension membrane engineering outside the square to provide aesthetic cost saving safety control measures.
By providing a safety net structure that could protect the public from the works above saved the client almost $1 million in overtime costs when they would usually be working a night. This solution provided the client the ability to work during the day without closing down the area with the exclusion zones. Prior to the solution, the client could only do these works at nighttime as this project is in one of the largest high-rise buildings in the Sydney CBD.
LSAA 2018 Design Awards HIGH COMMENDATION - Category 7 Special Applications (7627)
Application: Art Architecture Installation
Subjects of continual exploration in the work of, portals to frame views and establish connections between buildings and their context. This project extends this function further - a calibrated device and a long lens between Venice and Australia. Looking through these portals will introduce the viewer to the buildings of John Wardle Architects, landscapes of Australia, and the craft of several collaborators that were central to realising the work.
Read more: Venice Biennale Timber Exhibition Structure (2018)
This project was entered in the LSAA 2018 Design Awards (Cat7 Special Applications, #7432)
Application: Cable-net arbour walkway incorporating artwork panels, vines & foliage and feature lighting, linking the New Perth Stadium with the parklands precinct and the main transport infrastructure hubs of Swan River Pedestrian Bridge and the Stadium Train Station.
A 350m long architectural tensioned cable-net structure, supporting indigenous inspired artwork panels, crawling vines and plants and feature programmable LED lighting. The Arbour walkway was designed to guide the major pedestrian flows on game day from the main transport hubs at either side of the stadium precinct. The cable-net structure snakes around half of the stadium and is supported by bespoke steel arches with tapered bases. In total over 3,500 artwork panels, perforated with designs inspired by local indigenous groups, are supported by nearly 15km of stainless steel cables and clamps. At the bases of the arches, vines and crawling plants grow from garden beds and in time will rise up and over the precinct pathways below.
Read more: New Perth Optus Stadium Community Arbour Walk (2018)
Application: Architectural and functional shade provision for the rooftop of an iconic cubic wine-tasting building at D’Arenberg Winery SA.
Design, fabrication and installation of a world-first collection of 16 x 5 metre multi-coloured architectural and functional umbrellas providing patterned shade over the roof of an iconic “cubic” wine-tasting pavilion at the D’Arenberg Winery in McLaren Vale, South Australia. The “mary-poppins” styled umbrellas were required to be supplied with an automatic opening function to assist in reducing building heat load; and also to automatically close during in high wind. The retraction system needed to not only to close the umbrellas, but to also lay them fully flat on the cube’s roof.
Read more: D’Arenberg Winery Cube Umbrellas Project in SA (2018)
LSAA 2018 Design Awards AWARD OF EXCELLENCE - Category 7 Special Applications (7235)
APPLICATION OF PROJECT:7235)
Application: Custom Lightweight Architectural Structure with aluminium cladding
As part of the Westfield Chermside AUD$355 million redevelopment, we were contracted for the fabrication and construction of a large scale custom aluminium retail structure, and subsequently, a porte cochère entry structure. The aluminium structure is called the ‘Urchin’ as the distinctive shape resembles the round, jagged edges of a sea urchin. The design intent behind the structure was to create a main focal area for the redevelopment and a “meeting point” for the centre. The area below the Urchin is used for events and entertainment, thanks to its amazing programable LED lighting system integration. The Urchin is our first large architectural structure that does not include any fabric.
Images Copyright Steve Ryan, Rix Ryan Photography
Read more: Westfield Chermside Redevelopment Urchin Project (2018)
LSAA 2011 Design Awards Entry (Cat 7, 7001) 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.
Entry for LSAA 2007 Design Awards
Award of Excellence (Special Applications)
Counter Observation Barrier Screen - Counter Terrorist
Entrant: Alfresco Shade (Entry #4229)
Client: SAAB Barracuda Australia
Structural Engineer: Ian Norrie (Bond James Norrie), John Williams (Hughes Truman)
Specialist Consultant(s): SAAB Sweden Builder: Alfresco Shade Fabricator(s): Alfresco Shade
Application and Function
Modern high speed mechanized arrnies are very hard to hit and are able to resist most low tech weapons of the gorilla armies but the minute they stop surprise attacks on static troops and vehicle produces high casualties. A deployable defensive screen evolved out of the need to protect stationary command posts and high value soft targets from sneak attacks.