Tasked with adding a unique shade structure for the Navigation Park in the Newhaven at Tarneit planned community in Victoria, the flower shade canopy was built to protect the picnic and BBQ areas of the park from sun and weather.
The unique flower-shaped pattern was created on the fabric surface by overlapping multiple fabric layers to vary visible translucency.
The Navigation Park based shade structure needed to provide resistance against rotation of the edge beam. The cables are fixed to the top of a column and cross-cross out to the edge, similar to spokes on a bicycle wheel.
The outer ring beam is only supported by cables; this required an extremely technical installation to ensure that cable lengths and tensions were set, monitored and adjusted through install so that the final beam position and fabric tensions were correct.
By lap welding the two different translucency fabrics together, the flower shape can be seen from below, with the overall effect further amplified by sunlight filtering through the fabric.
The end result means that no shadow lines from steelwork above the fabric are present (as would traditionally be expected) which further accentuates the lightweight and creative design.