Barker College Rosewood Centre Awnings

Barker College Rosewood Centre Awnings

Barker College, located in the leafy northern Sydney suburb of Hornsby recently constructed a new sports and learning precinct. Central to the development was the large multi-use Rosewood Centre.

MakMax Australia was involved the project through the engineering and installation of a series of large skillion panel awnings, designed to reduce glare and excessive sunlight into the building.

The Brief

The Rosewood Centre is a large, 3-level building housing classrooms, a sports facility and staff areas. The architects and developers requested a multi-level series of large tensile membrane awnings to compliment the modern building aesthetic, while also providing privacy for students inside the building and protection from weather elements.

The Concept

MakMax Australia designed a series of crisp, modern-looking, skillion awnings to add a striking visual feature to the clean, linear lines of building.
The geometry of the awnings modulate in and out from the building, providing a wave-like aesthetic which adds a unique architectural feature to the structure, while still providing the required privacy and weatherproof functionality.

The Materials

The awnings were constructed with high-translucency Hirakoa PVC fabric to allow for light transmission, maintaining good natural lighting levels within the building but reducing glare and excessive sunlight penetrations into the sport and learning areas.

Engineered and fabricated in MakMax’s Brisbane facility, the fabric panels required only one field joint in over 123m of fabric.

Longer length powder-coated aluminium clamp plates were used to clamp the fabric onto each rafter and Diablo covers used to hide the structural connections, making them all but invisible.

Rain diverters were added onto the lower edge of structure to avoid cascading water runoff from fabric surface.

The Result

The awnings achieved the visual aesthetics required while maintaining visual privacy and weatherproofing. The designing architect, the construction company and the school were all extremely happy with the final result.

Project Details

Location: Hornsby, NSW

Completion Date: May 2020

Size: 722 sqm

Fabric: PVC Hiraoka 102T-II SAC