Northland Stadium, Wangharei, New Zealand

January 19, 2012

The project brief: to design and build a stadium in the Northland city of Whangarei, New Zealand, with a seating capacity of more than 3,000, the majority under cover. In addition, the client required corporate boxes and hospitality areas sheltered from the elements. The project purpose: to create a stadium that could be used for …

Pou Manawa

January 1, 2012

Auckland International Airport, New Zealand “Pou Manawa,” a bespoke fabric sculptural structure in the form of a tree, is the focal point of Auckland International Airport’s new retail departure area. Crafted from PTFE fabric and tensioned into place, the sculpture creates a continuous light, translucent surface that is rear projected with various natural and traditional …

8.0 Restaurant features canopy for protection from the elements

This structure in Fort Worth, Texas is an outdoor, open-air covering for a well-known restaurant and live music venue. It provides protection from rain, snow and sun while allowing the radiation of UV rays that are required to sustain plant growth. Because ETFE is generally UV transparent (allows almost 100 percent UV transmission) it was …

Rio Tinto Stadium reflects local support and pride

As Major League Soccer (MLS) continues to grow in popularity in the United States, each league team is seeing an urgent need for building a soccer-specific stadium to provide a proper facility for players and fans alike. A stadium brings a sense of community and delivers iconic architecture in the process. Salt Lake City, Utah, …

Fabric protects agricultural assets

Duane Thorbeck proposes fabric barns as a sustainable choice. By Maura Keller Today’s commercial animal agriculture industry consists primarily of metal-skinned post-frame structures. Often referred to as pole barns, these facilities dot the country’s rural landscape, housing hundreds or thousands of farm animals and producing products used throughout our daily lives. And while many of …

Revered aquarium covers fish in fabric

Coney Island is the setting for a refurbished aquarium with new fabric roof. As the oldest continuously operating aquarium in the United States, the New York Aquarium—operating under the Wildlife Conservation Society’s ambitious plan to protect endangered marine species—has an interest in connecting to the public. With more than $150 million over a 10-year public-private …

Canopy with form and function

Small details make this eye institute’s canopy a work of art. By Kelly Frush For architecture and interior design practice Tom Eliot Fisch of San Francisco, Calif., working with the shape and form of its client’s building was first and foremost on its list. The firm ended up creating an attractive, functional structure that met …

Shade sail for the BBQ

The client’s brief called for a practical shade sail that had style and visual appeal to cover a backyard barbeque area. Shade Protection Ltd. designed a saddle-shaped (hypar) four-point sail with its eastern side open high enough to allow the morning sun to creep in and flood the patio (“great for early morning coffee,” says …

Handmade to spec: from pergola to canopy

This residential canopy is a retrofit of an existing wood pergola. Located in Parklands, an upscale suburb north of Christchurch, New Zealand , the project fits on top of the wooden support structure, perfectly matching the architecture of the house. Kolorful Kanvas Ltd., Waltham, created a low, curved-steel unobtrusive frame below the house roofline that …

College sails

The Bethlehem Tertiary Institute, a prestigious teaching and family studies private college in Tauranga, New Zealand, recently upgraded its campus with enhanced outdoor landscaping and dedicated event and gathering spaces. One of these spaces benefited from the addition of two custom interlocking shade sails designed and fabricated by Shade Protection Ltd. Shade Protection designed an …