Award for Excellence 2020, Tension Structures - greater than 2000sqm

Project name: Ken Rosewall Arena
Entrant name: Fabritecture
Project name: Ken Rosewall Arena
Fabric used: FGT-800
Fabric supplier: Chukoh
Textile fabrication: Outsourced

Ken Rosewall Arena is a tennis arena at Sydney Olympic Park.
Originally constructed for the Sydney Olympic Games in 2000, the
stadium underwent redevelopment in 2019 to transform from open
air into a multipurpose indoor arena. We were contracted for the
striking new cable-tension and PTFE fabric design roof.
The striking new arena roof is the first of its kind in Australia.
The symmetrical cable net system was engineered to suspend
91 tonnes of steel between supports. This system enclosed the
roof to create the indoor arena. Above the central, hovering
tension ring is the pop-up roof, which boasts 360-degree operable
louvres to allow natural ventilation of the stadium while remaining
weatherproof during events. The final results of the arena were
fantastic, and the client was extremely pleased.