Walkway canopy The Link
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Chadstone Shopping Centre, Melbourne
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Temperate - cold winters and mild summers
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- Rain protection
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Commissioned by leading Australian real estate investment trust Vicinity Centres, and completed in October 2019, The Link is a 100m arched walkway that soars up to 15m above the pedestrian zone and covered with 1750m2 of high-translucency THV coated PTFE fabric.
The designing architect’s vision was to complement Chadstone Shopping Centre’s existing vaulted glass roof with an iconic structure made created with glulam (Glued Laminated Wood) timber arches, covered with a semi-translucent tensile fabric membrane.
Chosen for it high-strength and pliable ePTFE fibres to optimise light transmission and diffusion, the 1750m2 of high-translucency Sefar Tenara 4T40HF THV coated PTFE canopy protects customers, guests and visitors from the weather, while still providing a light, airy and inviting pedestrian walkway.
A strong design focus was made to the membrane 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.
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