Designed to blur the lines between the retail, commercial and leisure zones of Chadstone’s high-end fashion shopping precinct with the newly opened Hotel Chadstone Melbourne, MGallery by Sofitel, The Link transforms part of a multi-level car park into a cathedral-like promenade for shoppers and hotel guests.
The architect’s vision to complement Chadstone Shopping Centre’s existing arched glass roof, the vision of the architect was to deliver an iconic structure of glulam timber arches, covered with a semi-translucent tensile fabric membrane.
The design and engineering challenge faced on The Link was to deliver a premium and luxury finish to link the new 5-star hotel to an extremely high-end retail centre.
One of the design challenges was the fabric detailing, ensuring all fixings were minimal and discreet, while still offering the strength and flexibility required for installation. This task was made more difficult by the multi-planar fixing surfaces each glulam leg provided and the restrictions of fixing to glulam itself. The resulting details look light and inconspicuous, fitting in with the language of the rest of the design.
The 100m walkway reaches up to 15m high and is covered with 1750m2 of high-translucency THV coated PTFE fabric. Chosen for it high-strength and pliable ePTFE fibres to optimise light transmission and diffusion, the tensile fabric membrane protects customers, guests and visitors from the weather, while still connecting them to the environment.
The breathtaking visual effect that results from the high translucency fabric and light finish of the glulam timber, provides an incredible sense of openness while maintaining architectural continuity between the 2 spaces.
The Link, Chadstone was a fantastic project to be involved in and real pleasure to see come to life. The finished structure is visually incredible, perfectly combining our high translucency fabric, with light timber framing to deliver a truly unique structure. MakMax Australia was recognised with an Specialised Textiles Association Award for Excellence for the fabric work on this project, and this is a testament to the MakMax team who collaborated on the project from concept through to construction, turning the architects vision into a stunning reality.