THE CHALLENGE – PROVIDE ENCLOSED SHELTER THAT MAXIMIZES NATURAL LIGHT
Park and Ride bus stations are a key part of a major transport initiative to ease congestion on Auckland, New Zealand’s busy Northern Motorway and Harbour Bridge. The stations offer commuters the convenience of free car parking and large, comfortable bus shelters before they board one of the frequent express buses connecting the North Shore with downtown Auckland.
Structurflex worked with the project’s architects to design and manufacture the roof over the waiting area in the bus shelters. The brief was to create a fully-enclosed space that maximized natural light.
THE SOLUTION – LIGHT-DIFFUSING TENSION MEMBRANE ‘BUBBLES’
Structurflex designed a roof structure that played on a cloud theme, with a series of tension membrane ‘bubbles’ arching upward on the exterior of the shelter, and arching downward on the interior. The result is a striking, playful effect that blends seamlessly with the outdoor environment, bathing passengers in diffused daylight while enabling them to remain sheltered from the weather.
At night the unique roof structure comes to life with special light fixtures contained within the double-skinned membrane. This clever thinking delivers maximum light output for minimum power input.
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