was given the task of upgrading this famous Amphitheater and the nearby
Carousel in March 2010. The project was successfully completed in May
2010 just in time for the June school holiday.
The amphitheatre roof is a half ellipsoidal dome of steel and ADASTM
PTFE-coated tensile fabric. The elliptical curvature of the roof
provides its own tension, which leads to less material being used hence a
lower weight and cost. The main roof comprises of six numbers of planar
trusses, built using hot dipped galvanized circular hollow sections and
connected together with an innovative cruciform connector. The lateral
connections are formed by the secondary planar frame resulting in strong
and rigid structure which facilitates the transfer of wind and rain
loads from the tensile membrane roof to the columns and finally to the
foundation. This state of the art ADASTM tensile membrane roof covers a
seating and performing area of 1000m2 , with 45m of clear span between
the supports, providing sufficient space for the various animals to
showcase their acrobatic skills and entertain the audience. The height
of the column is 15m, providing an unobstructed view of the magnificent
is a structure based from non conformist architecture.The
structure is very unique with the fusion of simplicity and edge,
rightful to be called as an "art" itself. And with this, the setting of
the appropriate canopy at the grounds of SAM is challenge enough to be
The construction of the tensile membrane roof began in September 2010 and was completed in November of the same year.
canopy may be perceived as symmetrical on first glance, but the more
the spectators view the design, it will be found diametrical.