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Chinchilla Botanic Parklands: Water Play Shade Sails

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Working alongside Playscape Creation, Modiform have recently completed a set of architecturally designed shade sails as part of the Chinchilla Botanic Parklands, a $5.9 million project co-funded by the Western Downs Regional Council and the Queensland Government.

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Water Play

Honouring Chinchilla’s iconic pink and green fruit, the custom designed Water Play Area is the showpiece of the Parkland’s playscapes. From a giant watermelon bucket and watermelon pop-jets, to painted paving and themed sun lounges for those warm summer days, the region’s sweet history will be on display at Queensland’s only water park west of the coastline.

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Technology for Accuracy

Taking a balanced approach to this project that combined aesthetics and functionality to find the perfect shade solution for community use, we were able to exact the amount of coverage and protection our sails would provide at each hour of the day through our technologies in “3D MAPPING”and “3D BIM”.

Having a long history and respect for the importance of ensuring our structures stand strong for a lifetime, our set of shade sails and posts  was approved by our engineering partners, ensuring chinchilla botanical garden water park would stand strong to a quantifiable standard.

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Our favourite feature in the project would have to be the unique anodised look of the posts, designed to subtly change in appearance as light conditions alter in the day.

Project Details

  • Area Covered: Water Play Community Park

  • Post Finish: Dulux ‘Burnished Copper’ Electro Coated Powder coated custom structural steelwork

  • Fabric – Monotec Commercial Shade Cloth (15 year warranty, Commercial Grade)

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The high and low posts keep the sail tight while optimising shading to the community of Chinchilla.

Shade sails added visual appeal along with tying in with play elements and define the area. The classic hypar (twisted) shade sail works well for this application as it hold its shape and adds an architectural look and feel to the area.

Thanks to Playscape Creations for such a great project collaboration and we look forward to enjoying these beautiful botanical parklands once completed.