Pou Manawa is the heart of the new retail centre at Auckland International Airport, it stands proud where people gather, coming and going from their journeys around the world.
|Auckland International Airport
|Scope of Work:
|Concept Development, Design & Build
|Auckland International Airport, Auckland, NZ
|28m x 21.6m
|1st December 2010
The Story of Pou Manawa
Fabric Structures were approached with a brief to develop the significant sculptural piece for the Auckland International Airport’s retail departures area – which became Pou Manawa. FSS then brought on board lighting & production specialist Logan Brewer, Kenderdine Electrical & Wade Engineers to bring the project to fruition.
Pou Manawa takes the form of a sculptural tree, crafted from Sefar PTFE fabric, & tensioned into place, creating a continuous light translucent surface, which is rear projected with Martin SmartMac projectors & LED RGB Stage Bars, to bring the Tree to life, with various natural & traditional Maori themes.
The Tree form is achieved by tensioning a patterned Sefar membrane between a massive perimeter truss ring frame suspended from the buildings roof structure & a sculptural trunk base. The independent structural elements enabled a clear uninterrupted surface to be created for projection.
Special consideration had to be given to the placement & quantity of projectors & LED lights to achieve the continuous 360 degree projection.