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Fabric-covered classrooms
earn OFPANZ Supreme Award

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Valmex® Lodge de Luxe from Mehler Texnologies
provides a waterproof outer skin to the wooden
frames and shells of these classroom pods, along
with a green aesthetic that allows the buildings
to blend into the environment. Photos: Mehler
Texnologies/Low & Bonar GmbH.

ew Zealand's Green School describes its campus as " a place
for inspired learning, " and now three fabric-covered pod-like
classrooms are inspiring students as well.
Fabric Structures Ltd. of Whangarei, New Zealand, supplied a
membrane solution for the structures, earning the Supreme Award
in the 2020 Awards of Excellence from the Outdoor Fabric Products
Association of New Zealand (OFPANZ).
The structures were designed with the most organic materials
available, complementing the school's environmental mission while
providing students with shelter nestled in a serene natural setting.
The membrane needed to function as an aesthetic covering while
creating a ventilated thermal barrier to reduce heat soak.
Fabric Structures chose a relatively new material, Valmex®
Lodge de Luxe from Mehler Texnologies, a fabric often used for
safari lodges, to cover the 500-square-meter pods. The curved
shapes predominant in the design create a distinct atmosphere but
contributed to the complexity of the project, along with the light
materials. The glulam timber beams created large tolerances on-site,
requiring steel to be custom fit to each of the three structures and 3D
digitizing to design and construct the membranes. The high stretch
of the fabric paired with the shape of the structures added to the
complexity of staged tensioning over multiple weeks.
Project partners included architect/designer Boon Architects
and engineering firm Nagel Consultants Ltd. For a complete list
of OFPANZ 2020 award winners, visit www.ofpanz.co.nz.

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