Remarkable sailing craft are the hallmark of the 34th America’s Cup but it’s not just the futuristic wing-sail AC72s turning heads in San Francisco – a traditional Māori waka (canoe) from New Zealand also has a lead role in the event.
Waka Māori was initially built for the Rugby World Cup 2011 and drew huge crowds to Auckland’s waterfront during the tournament in New Zealand. Structurflex was awarded the contract to design and build the complete outer shell of the versatile and relocatable venue, including the timber and steel support structure.
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For three months, the eye-catching Waka Māori has been relocated to the Embarcadero waterfront just below San Francisco’s busy Oakland Bridge, which is crossed by about 300,000 people a day. The striking venue showcases New Zealand business and tourism events organised by Emirates Team New Zealand (ETNZ), Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED) and New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE).
The high profile America’s Cup event is a wonderful opportunity for New Zealand companies to showcase their expertise on the international stage and a full business events programme has been developed alongside the sailing event. What better place to do it than inside Structurflex’s own, award-winning example of fabric architecture at its best?
TVNZ Breakfast News featuring Team New Zealand’s Waka Māori Hospitality venue in San Francisco. Our subsidiary company Covertex also features in this video, as one of Emirates Team New Zealand’s Official Sponsors.
Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei and Structurflex Limited won the 2012 Industrial Fabrics Association International award of excellence for the design of Waka Māori.
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.
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 […]