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PARK AND RIDE BUS STATION


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.



PVC TENSION MEMBRANE STRUCTURE

COMPLETED IN 2005

LOCATION
Auckland, New Zealand

FABRIC AREA
300M2 / 3.229M2

FABRIC TYPE
PVC - FERRARI 1002T2 & MEHLER 8963

ARCHITECT Opus Architects / Auckland Transport

Commuter shelter for new transport initiative

LOCATIONS

Oceania

APPLICATIONS

Transit

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