Seaworld Plaza Membrane Roof
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Completion Date: August 2016
Fabric: PVC - Ferrari TX30-II
Client: Village Roadshow Theme Parks
The Seaworld Plaza Membrane Roof project created a custom fabric shade structure that covered the entire food and beverage plaza area. The wave-like canopy also accommodates the monorail that passes beneath the shade shade structure.
The geometry of the Seaworld Plaza Membrane Roof structure is architecturally complex. The monorail enters and exits the fabric structure, so clearance to the envelope was critical. The high open-edge canopy is designed to look like that of a rolling wave, with a curved leading edge that adds both an interesting edge form, as well as providing additional protection from the weather.
There were many trades on site and this provided some challenges with regards to site co-ordination. The steel connections were site welded, which has provided a seamless visual on the rafters. All fabrics terminate at the rafters which will allow for the removal of individual panels/bays, rather than the entire structure for repair and maintenance if required. The foundations were significant with the provision of a number of screw piles, with a mass concrete pad and a plinth for the column.
The fabric chosen for the Seaworld Plaza Membrane Roof project was Serge Ferrari TX30-II PVC. It was used for the Seaworld Plaza as it was best suited the unique conditions with the design. The fabric is built to survive in tropical climates, perfect for the weather at Seaworld and along the Gold Coast. In addition, the fabric has excellent light transmission, allowing the plaza to still be well lit with natural light during the parks opening times.
The wave-like shape of the Seaworld Plaza Membrane Roof is another striking and iconic custom fabric structure for the theme park. The light open-air feel to the canopy provides a cool and comfortable space to take a break from all the theme-park fun. The Seaworld Plaza Membrane Roof allows park guests to sit and relax in a sun and weather protected space.