Guildford Grammar Shade Structures
Location: GGS, Guildford WA
Completion Date: 2010-2020
Size: Multiple Structures
Client: Guildford Grammar / Shade Engineering
The Guildford Grammar Shade Structures are a wonderful example of a school creating unique and exciting spaces with tensile membrane structures. Commissioned and constructed over 10+ years, they highlight the school’s commitment to student welfare through creation of outdoor shady school spaces.
With budget considerations a factor, Guildford Grammar approached MakMax’s WA representatives and partner, Shade Engineering to design a cost-effective shade structure for their campus in 2010. The result was the installation of a large Monaco Modular umbrella (MS120) and the start of a long relationship between Guildford Grammar and Shade Engineering/MakMax Australia.
The first of the Guildford Grammar Shade Structures was a Monaco MS120 structure, which was requested as coverage over an existing paved area between two of school blocks. With the additional of bench seating, this became a cool, shady space for students to enjoy during lunch and recess breaks.
A year later, the school approached Shade Engineering with a unique challenge, to install a similar structure on a raised area between two buildings. The shape of the space meant our normal square modular would not fit, nor would one of our 6 or 8 sided designs. The result was a bespoke 5-sided pentagonal Monaco (MP165).
Over the past decade, Shade Engineering have commissioned us to engineer, designed and fabricate a number of shade structures for them to install at the school campus, including
- The original Monaco MS120
- A custom Monaco Pentagonal MP165 in a paved area at the top of some stairs
- A second Monaco Pentagonal MP165 near the basketball courts
- A pair of Monaco’s MH80 & MS60
- 6 x Centra CO50 Architectural Umbrellas dotted around the campus
- 2 x PVC custom shade structures (3.5m x 12m)
The Guildford Grammar Shade Structures are call covered in white PVC from Mehler, the structures, while differing shapes and sizes, all share common design traits to create a unified design aesthetic.
The school is clearly overjoyed with the quality of the MakMax product, as well as Shade Engineering’s design, delivery and installation skills, and the result is a unique and exciting series of shady areas for student to escape the Perth summer heat during lunch and recess breaks.