Blacktown Village Green Custom Shade Structure
Location: Blacktown, NSW
Completion Date: July 2010
Fabric: PTFE - Chukoh FGT600-TiO2
Client: Project Corp Pty Ltd
The Blacktown Village Green shade structure project was to create an inviting public recreation area in the Blacktown city centre. The architects specified a tensile membrane roof in order to create a shaded and weather protected covered public space, that still allowed natural light into the public space.
This project was essentially a weather cover over a public space. During discussions with our sales team at the tendering stage it was clear that the project also had an element of environmental consideration. For this reason we developed a custom shade structure design that supported the overall vision.
The purpose of the Blacktown Village Green Project, according to developers, was to create an inviting public recreation area. The architects specified a tensile membrane roof in order to cover the area while allowing natural light to enter the space.
In response to our client’s brief we provided a shell-like structure comprising of four curved panels of fabric. The Green credentials of this development meant that the design, fabrication and installation must meet with best practice sustainability guidelines.
TiO2 coated PTFE fabric is used for this custom shade structure, this particular fabric is something the Taiyo Group has developed through our research the Japanese based development department. This is the first time this fabric has been used by MakMax in Australia, with great success. Although PTFE fabric is a unique aspect of the project it also turned out to be the most challenging. Through trial and error MakMax developed a slightly altered manufacturing technique in order to yield the best result
The material chosen for this project was a Taiyo Group innovation, TiO2 (titanium Dioxide) which is a coating applied to some of the more common fabrics. TiO2 works though a photo catalytic reaction caused by the sunlight reacting with the titanium dioxide coating the reaction occurring between the contaminant and the surface of the fabric means dirt and contaminants don’t adhere to the surface easily. Membrane structures which utilse TiO² coating technology promise enduring beauty, translucence and ‘as new’ appearances for many years.
When PTFE membranes are coated with titanium dioxide (TiO²) photo-catalyst, they inherit self-cleaning properties that’s far superior to conventional membranes. It’s called the Photocatalytic Decomposition Process, a self cleaning action that occurs as the TiO² causes any organic matter (stain or pollutant) to decompose through simple oxidation. The residue does not adhere to the surface and is washed away by water or rain. Known as the Photocatalytic Hydrophilic Process, The ‘sheeting’ action of water across the surface assures no unsightly streaking is left behind due to beading. PTFE and PVC membranes treated with TiO² also remove significant volumes of nitrogen oxide (NOx) from the atmosphere.
As per the Blacktown Council’s requirements, the membrane roof delivers on all fronts. Natural light is able to pass through the fabric to the area below. We have been able to offer a green alternative in our own fabric, and the overall construction of the Blacktown Village Green custom shade structure is light weight and on budget.
Winner IFAI Award of Excellence 2011
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