Spark Arena (formerly Vector Arena) in Auckland, New Zealand, is a 12,000-seat entertainment and sporting arena. The curved main entrance foyer presented an opportunity to feature a dramatic, sculptural lighting system that would create a warm glow and add aesthetic value. The project architects’ design included historical and nautical elements, so the lighting system was developed as eight 13 ft x. 9.5 ft “rafts” that hold two canoe-shaped bodies together. The rafts are positioned over a translucent membrane, which is in turn tensioned over a lightweight support structure. The rafts incorporate sprinkler heads for fire safety and a sophisticated hinging mechanism to provide easy access for maintenance. Structurflex built a full-scale prototype so that various lighting configurations could be reviewed and tested by the design team before selecting the final concept. The result is an even light level throughout the structure that fades slightly toward the perimeter.

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Auckland, New Zealand



320M2/ 3,444FT2


Peddle Thorp / Mainzeal Construction

Spectacular lighting effects for world-class entertainment arena

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