THE CHALLENGE – DESIGN FOR BOTH FUNCTION AND FORM
Highbrook is an up-and-coming business district that aims to be New Zealand’s best working environment. Its large open air plaza, known as The Crossing, is a focal point for the estate’s growing community. Structurflex was commissioned to design and install a visually-striking shade structure for The Crossing, to make it user-friendly in any weather. Structurflex’s creation is an advanced example of tensile membrane artistry. Every panel is unique and no two corner angles are the same. The bespoke steel manufacturing involved had to be 100% precise, to ensure the ETFE panels would fit with minimal stretch.
THE SOLUTION – ETFE, 3D MODELING AND CLOSE COLLABORATION WITH STEEL MANUFACTURER
ETFE is a transparent extruded film with a light-transmitting ability similar to glass, but with just 1% of the weight. As well as providing significant visual impact, ETFE allows design flexibility and light-transmitting qualities that can’t be matched by traditional building materials. Although ETFE membrane structures are lightweight, they can withstand extreme weather conditions. The Structurflex design team worked closely with the project’s architect to generate an accurate 3D engineering model. This made it possible to provide the steel manufacturer with precise instructions about angles and lengths. As a final check for accuracy, frames were tacked into place and measured before final welding.
Related Blog Posts
“OFPANZ Award for The Crossing at Higbrook Business Park”
ETFE MEMBRANE STRUCTURE
Auckland, New Zealand
Goodman Property Trust
Sculptural shelter adds unique beauty to business park
On October 26, Structurflex Americas celebrated the grand opening of the Ward Parkway Restaurant Pavilion. Joining the Structurflex Americas team to observe the grand opening were Structurflex New Zealand’s Murray Higgs, Director, and Simon Higgs, Managing Director. The unseasonably warm and sunny day allowed guests to experience firsthand the solar glare and heat reduction provided […]Ward Parkway Center Restaurant Pavilion Grand Opening Scheduled for October 26
On October 26 at 10 am, Ward Parkway Center in Kansas City, Missouri will host the grand opening of its Restaurant Pavilion, featuring five restaurant spaces and a 22,235 square-foot pedestrian plaza. Unique in the region, the pedestrian pavilion will provide patrons with opportunities for outdoor dining, gathering, recreation, and entertainment. To provide guests with […]