Avalon Airport Arrivals Area
Location: Avalon International Airport, VIC
Completion Date: November 2018
Size: 1500 sqm
Fabric: PTFE - Chukoh FGT800
Client: Qanstruct (Aust) Pty Ltd
The Avalon Airport Arrivals Area canopies were constructed as part of the development of the new International Terminal at Avalon Airport. The 17 inverted conical structures are covered in high-translucency and fire-resistant PTFE.
Built as part of the International Terminal development, the tender called for a tensile membrane shade structure in the forecourt and entrance of the new terminal building. Based on similar MakMax airport designs created for Mumbai Airport and Split Airport, we proposed a series of interconnected inverted conical shapes.
The Avalon Airport Arrivals Area canopy is an large-scale example of our St Tropez modular shade structure system, capable of creating shade structures in adaptable sizes and configurations. The height of the edge beams undulated along the length of the structure for aesthetic appeal.
The innovative use of inverted cones helps to create an even more passenger-friendly arrivals zone (especially considering Melbourne’s renowned changeable weather) by channeling rainwater directly into stormwater runoff through the centre of columns (this means no external or edge guttering which can overflow and create curtains of water for passengers to step through).
The Avalon Airport Arrivals Area is covered in PTFE, a high-translucency fabric that also offers superior waterproof and sun-protective characteristics. Also important for an airport situation, where jet fuel-fumes and air-borne pollutants are more likely, the low-surface tension on PTFE makes it an excellent self-cleaning membrane.