Award for Excellence 2019, Tension Structures – Less than 250sqm

The project was to design and install three 38-square metre shade structures in Ryde Sydney, to provide rain protection, functionality, aesthetics and shade coverage over a new outdoor playground and seating/barbecue area. The client presented a conceptual ‘mud map’ design, which our company interpreted into a unique design, fabrication and installation. The brief included an irregular hexagonal roof frame to match a ground pattern layout of the playground, waterproofing, a minimal pitch of seven degrees and anti-graffiti paint treatment. The challenges included shaping the rafters and posts, tensioning the PVDF over the irregular hexagonal rim and using high-quality materials and processes. We chose a PVDF with a 20-year warranty. Hot dipped galvanising of steel inside and out was used for long-term rust protection. The paint treatment that was then applied over the galvanising included anti-graffiti additives. From a photo of a simple design and a mud map, we worked with the client to arrive at a much more evolved and stylised design that looks fabulous and still fitted into their budget.

Abacus Shade Structures 
14 Pullman Place, Emu Plains NSW
PH:  02 9831 1218
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