Eliston Family Community Centre

Eliston Family Community Centre

Project Details

Location: Clyde VIC

Completion Date: January 2022

Size: 35sqm

Fabric: PVC – Hiroka Awnscreen PVC Mesh & PVC – Mehler FR700

Client: City of Casey

The Eliston Family Community Centre outdoor space incorporates two different types of shade structures designed to encourage play and recreational activities. A combination of Leva  Architectural Umbrellas and bespoke cantilever shade structures were used, featuring colourful designs printed on the PVC mesh canopy.

The Brief

As part of Clyde’s new master planned community, the Eliston Family Community Centre was designed to provide the Eliston community with better health facilities, educational support and family services as well as a space for community meetings and events.

MakMax Australia was commissioned by City of Casey to design and install shade structures at Eliston Family Community Centre.  The addition of tensile membrane shade structures enhances the outdoor area, providing shade protection for kids to learn and play or hosting events in the courtyard.

The Concept

The community yard outdoor space at Eliston Family Community Centre incorporates two different types of tensile shade structures: Leva Architectural Umbrellas and Bespoke Cantilever Shade Structures.

MakMax Australia installed seven Leva Umbrellas (1 single and 3 Double boom umbrellas).   Visually impressive, the cantilevered pole allows for maximised use of the space underneath the canopy.  The Leva Umbrella is ideal for play spaces where a central column is not practical. The tensile membrane canopy is fabricated from long-life, 100% UV stabilised, waterproof, architectural-grade PVC coated polyester fabric with a PVDF finish to both sides. Customised double boom creates a greater shade area.

Leva Umbrella DrawingEliston Family & Community Centre Design

The three bespoke cantilever shade structures were designed, engineered, fabricated and installed by MakMax Australia’s in-house team of specialists. The circular shade structures are 4-meter diameter with a different colourful design on each of the three structures. The designs were adapted from artwork by Australia artist Steven Carson.

‘Meteorite Composition – Bruce’, 2021. [Steven Carson]
‘Meteorite Composition – Cranbourne No. 1’, 2021. [Steven Carson]
‘Meteorite Composition – Meteorite Shower’, 2021. [Steven Carson]

The Materials

The Leva Architectural Umbrellas are created using premium quality architectural PVC fabric with a nano-particle PVDF coating (Mehler FR700).  The translucency of the PVC canopy allows glare-free natural light to fill the outdoor play space. The membrane diffuses the light creating an even light for recreational activities. Customised linking gutter to connect the double boom design.

The Cantilever shade structures are created using Hiroka Awnscreen PVC Mesh for the canopies.  The bespoke design was digitally printed on the underside of the PVC canopy to ensure an uninterrupted finished across the seams.

Digital Printing on PVC Canopy

The application of Woodland Grey coloured powder-coat steel, rather than a galvanised finish, creates an elegant shade structure that blends seamlessly into architecturally designed community centre.

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Project Details

Location: Clyde VIC

Completion Date: January 2022

Size: 35sqm

Fabric: PVC – Hiroka Awnscreen PVC Mesh & PVC – Mehler FR700

Client: City of Casey