Award for Excellence 2020, Tension Structures - 250sqm to 2000sqm

Project name: The Link Walkway, Chadstone
Entrant name: MakMax Australia
Project name: The Link Walkway, Chadstone
Fabric used: Tenara 4T40HF
Fabric supplier: Sefar
Component supplier: Steelman Fabrication (steel)
Textile fabrication: In-house


Designed to blur the lines between Chadstone’s retail, commercial
and leisure zones with the newly opened Hotel Chadstone
Melbourne, MGallery by Sofitel, The Link transforms part of a multilevel
car park into a cathedral-like promenade for shoppers and
hotel guests. The architect’s vision was to deliver an iconic structure
of glulam timber arches, covered with a semi-translucent tensile
fabric membrane, complementing the existing arched glass roof.
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 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 two spaces