THE CHALLENGE – OVERCOME DIFFICULT GROUND CONDITIONS TO DELIVER COURTYARD IN TIME FOR THE RUGBY WORLD CUP
The Auckland Fish Market in New Zealand is a fresh food market selling fish, fruit, vegetables, deli goods and premium-grade meat, seven days a week. The market includes a number of restaurants that share an al fresco dining area. To maximize the profit potential of the 2011 Rugby World Cup, the market recognized that it needed to weatherproof the outdoor dining area. Structurflex quickly identified that the site had less-than-optimum ground conditions. Time pressure was the other major challenge; the courtyard cover had to be installed before RWC visitors started arriving in Auckland.
OUR SOLUTION – BORROW SUPPORT FROM ADJACENT STRUCTURES AND KEEP SOLUTION LIGHTWEIGHT
The Structurflex engineering team surveyed the site and determined that the difficult ground conditions could be overcome by borrowing structural support from adjacent structures. We presented our concepts for the courtyard cover as a 3D animation, which allowed the client to gain a clear picture of how it would look and perform. Preparing for installation included adding extra weight to the foundation pedestals to achieve a larger bearing surface and negate any uplift caused by wind pressure. The lightweight, single-skin, cable-supported ETFE foil has proven to be the ideal cover for a previously inclement courtyard.
ETFE FABRIC ARCHITECTURE
COMPLETED IN 2011
Auckland, New Zealand
340M2 / 3,659FT2
ETFE - SINGLE LAYER
ARCHITECT Structurflex / Auckland Fish Market
Comfortable al fresco dining for Auckland's favorite seafood experience
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