April 2015
Fabric Area
Fabric Type
Hiraoka 102T II PVC

Air NZ Parking

The Shade Systems design team always love a good challenge – sometimes to the dismay of the installation team! The canopy at the Auckland Airport over the Koru Parking area was one such occasion, but was also a prime example of how our installers can do practically anything that is thrown at them, and do it extremely well, too!

We were approached by Air New Zealand mid 2014 about the possibility of us providing a canopy over the Koru Parking area at the Auckland Airport. After discussions with the architect to confirm dimensions and requirements and a bit of debate with our engineer about what would and would not work, the concept landed on our designers desks. The final design submitted, which evoked a look of rolling clouds, was simple but effective, with a minimum number of legs to allow more cars to use the space underneath.

Completed to the highest standard

The frame itself was complex and we’d like to give the engineers, fabricators and our installers the recognition they deserve for doing such a fantastic job on such a complicated and at times awkward structure! The fabrication of the PVC canopy also offered up a good number of challenges, thanks to the shaped panels which required precision welding along curves – something that is a lot more difficult than it sounds!

The whole canopy top (except the columns) was delivered to site, assembled and the membrane tensioned in one night between the hours of 8pm and 6am. This ensured there was minimal disruption and inconvenience to Air New Zealand’s VIP customers. The install team all agree that this was rather a marathon, but also hugely rewarding!

Integrated into the canopy is a hidden storm-water management system, which, combined with minimal detailing, has resulted in a clean, streamlined structure. Lighting has also been installed, and the canopy makes for an impressive sight at night, with the light reflecting off the white PVC of the cover. It’s also a perfect example of how once the Shade Systems team commits to something, they see it through (and see it through to the highest standard) regardless of the difficulties they have to overcome on the way to completion!