The Ellerslie train station is an important stop within the Auckland rail network, serving thousands of local residents and workers. As part of the station’s upgrade, Structurflex was commissioned to design and install canopies for a pedestrian overbridge in 2009 and additional canopies for a new overbridge and stairwell in 2012. The design aspect of the project was geometrically complex, involving sloping ramps and connections to existing structures. During the installation phase, logistical and safety challenges included working alongside and above a busy six-lane freeway, operational railway lines and the intermittent closure of access roads.
Structurflex used CAD and 3D modeling to speed the design process, maximize the aesthetic appeal of the canopies, and insure an error-free outcome. A detailed installation plan was developed in consultation with local authorities, to allow swift and efficient construction during off-peak travel periods. Feedback from the client and train commuters has been consistently positive.
Auckland, New Zealand
Tensile Membrane Structure
Type 1b - PES Waterproof Membrane
400 m2 / 4,305 ft2
Canopies for pedestrian bridge, stairs and walkways
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 […]