THE CHALLENGE – INTEGRATING ELECTRONIC SIGNAGE INTO A MEMBRANE STRUCTURE
The ASB Tennis Arena is New Zealand’s pre-eminent tennis venue and regularly hosts major international tournaments, such as the Heineken Open for men and the ASB Classic for women. The arena recently underwent a major re-development that added a world-class gym, rooftop swimming pool, several new practice courts and seating improvements. In addition, the look of the Tennis Area from the street was significantly improved. To achieve this, a facade that incorporates electronic signage was added. Structurflex was tasked with the design and build of the facade, and worked closely with the electronic signage supplier to insure the support structure met their requirements.
THE SOLUTION – A SEPARATE SUB-STRUCTURE FOR SIGNAGE
With a view to the best outcome, and no hitches along the way, the Structurflex design team developed a totally independent sub-structure for the electronic signage, to insure it wouldn’t interfere with the membrane system. The Serge Ferrari FT381 fabric composite mesh selected for the facade is one of a new range of “expressive materials” for architects and builders. It offers exceptional transparency from inside to the outside. The completed facade has earned many favorable reviews.
We are pleased to have collaborated with KieranTimberlake and the outfit of a parking structure on the Rice University Campus. In their blog post, they describe the concepts they employed to create an iconic sculptural element. For more details see the KieranTimberlake blog post.The Increasing Importance of Durability
While tensile fabric has several distinct advantages over more traditional materials like glass, one of the most important may be its ability to withstand severe weather events. Our tensile structures and tensile facades in Miami, Jacksonville, Houston, Fort Worth, Waco, and Atlanta did not sustain any damage or require any repair despite enduring events ranging […]