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Client: Keep it Kool (2011)

Walkway tensile fabric canopy

A walkway canopy linking various department buildings was added as part of the expansion plans for the school.  THD was responsible for the design, engineering, fabrication, and patterning information.  The structure went through several iterations to create a solution that provided suitable coverage given the challenging ground conditions and level variations across the existing site.  Providing shade and protection from the elements was central to the brief.  The fabric form was optimised, within the limitations of the site, to ensure suitable curvature was maintained to aid rainwater and snow meltwater flow, while maintaining adequate head clearance requirements.  Steelwork bracing members were taken above the PVC coated polyester fabric to minimise their visual impact when walking under the canopy. 
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