specialty store over 25,000 sf
Fabricating the sunshade sails
BECAUSE OF THE COMPLEX GEOMETRY
of the building, Eventscape conducted a digital site survey in order to create a detailed
three-dimensional model. This was used to
design both the panels and the mounting
system, to ensure accuracy and ease of installation. The model was also used by all partners as a tool for design development and to
coordinate the installation of many different
• FTL designed an edge detail for the panels
that provided proper tensioning and maximum light penetration at the frame edges
• Working with FTL, Eventscape designed a
custom-machined, site-specific mounting
system able to address the dimensional variations unique to the building. The mounting system allowed for repeating panel types,
while still retaining tight, even tolerances
throughout, by permitting movement in
• Precise coordination of fabrication, shipping, and installation teams facilitated a
staged schedule based on just-in-time delivery. Each week, 50 panels were shipped in
wood-enclosed custom steel crates wrapped
in polyethylene and delivered by boat to the
island site. Each panel was skinned and pre-
Photography: William Cho, Singapore
• A full prototype phase allowed for assessment of the panel design by project team
members prior to fabrication.
• Custom tables were used during fabrication to fully support the sensitive textile.
This system allowed the textile to remain on
one plane in a single orientation as it moved
through all stages of fabrication.
tensioned with a film covering to prevent any
marking prior to shipping. Waterproof protective coverings were designed to remain on
through shipping and through installation,
allowing the wall panels to be mounted at an
earlier stage of construction, thus shortening
the overall production schedule.
• The ceiling panels use a heavier version of
the wallcovering and are hinged with a cable
mechanism to allow controlled access during
maintenance of the skylights above.
See more details of the project, specifically
design and construction of the sunshades, at
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