The Connection – Rhodes

Custom PVC Structure

Here’s how a custom triangular PVC Membrane structure is providing the Rhodes community with increased amenities at the  award winning precinct, ‘The Connection’. Designed by Crone Architects and constructed by Greenline.

Light coloured fabric creates a focal point for the area.
Fits in with existing look of The Connection precinct.

The Amphitheatre at The Connection on the Rhodes foreshore.

49m x 32m x 26.4m

Duratec Matt, Zeus Black

Ferrari 782 S2 PVC Fabric, Sand

The City of Canada Bay Council had completed The Connection, an award winning community precinct, in 2017. They wanted to increase the amenity of the area by adding a shade structure over the existing Amphitheatre on the Rhodes Foreshore. The structure needed to be very consistent with the existing design and architecture of the area, and the quality of finish was very important to them.

Due to the project being located on the site of an old chemical factory, the soil was toxic down to a level of 13m. This required additional planning, made more challenging by the fact the site saw heavy pedestrian traffic.

To avoid the layer of toxic soil, Greenline designed the structure with large concrete pad footings installed in the non-toxic layer of imported soil that the area was topped with during its initial development.
To ensure minimal disruption to the community, all steelwork was prefabricated offsite. Alongside this our construction team maintained frequent communication with the council, as they were relying on accurate timing forecasts for their closure notifications to the Rhodes community.

The end result is a completely custom structure with dark steel members and a contrasting light PVC fabric cover which has become a visual focal point of the area. The structure maximises natural light and provides UV and rain protection all year round, allowing the Rhodes community increased use of the amenities in this space.

Meet the team that worked on the Rhodes project: