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Membrane canopy structures cover Australian amphitheater

Exteriors | July 1, 2011 | By:

The Nerang State High School Amphitheater welcomes student participation, under fabric shades

Located in Queensland, and not far from Australia’s famous Gold Coast, the Nerang State High School Amphitheater is a unique setting comprised of two membrane canopy structures grouped around a concrete slab stage and semicircular concrete stepped seating. The design, by Lightwave Architectural, features two overlapping cantilevered fabric structures totaling 216m2.

Both structures have curved rafters that shape the fabric into a barrel vault. Due to their radial plan and curvilinear form, the larger of the two structures faced a significant design challenge. Structural stability was achieved by designing a curved steel support frame braced with stainless steel cables and steel struts. Additionally, deep bore concrete pile footings with caps were required to resist the overturn moment loads from the steel framing.

Overall, the Nerang State High School Amphitheater provides a modern sheltered assembly area for students and teachers, providing weather protection during special events. The popular outdoor amphitheater has become an architectural focal point for the school.

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