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ROYAL MELBOURNE SHOWGROUNDS


THE CHALLENGE – ENCLOSE A GIANT EXHIBITION SPACE COST-EFFECTIVELY

As part of a $108 million redevelopment, the Royal Melbourne Showgrounds needed an enclosed venue for agricultural show days, exhibitions, concerts, and other events. But how do you enclose a 107,000 square-foot exhibition pavilion without blowing the budget or creating a monstrous monthly lighting bill? The answer – a big-top 89 feet high that has been dubbed “the biggest tent in Australia.” Today this giant tensile membrane structure is the showgrounds’ centerpiece.

THE SOLUTION – AN ELEGANT BIG TOP WITH BILLOWING CURVES

Our dramatic solution tensioned 142,600 square feet of PVC fabric to create billowing curves over giant supporting legs. The light-diffusing properties of the material allow filtered sunlight to stream through the roof. At night the tension membrane structure is beautifully illuminated, providing a stunning glowing effect that shows off the membrane’s futuristic shape. The use of tensile architecture for this pavilion roof had clear benefits. Not only was it much cheaper than a conventionally built roof, it also makes excellent use of natural light and provides a distinctive focal point for visitors to the showgrounds.

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COATED PES TENSILE FABRIC

LOCATION
Melbourne, Australia

SURFACE AREA
13,250M2 / 142,621FT2

FABRIC TYPE
COATED PES - MEHLER FR1000

ARCHITECT
Jackson Architecture

DEVELOPER
Tensys

Building "the biggest pavilion in Australia" for the Royal Melbourne Showgrounds

LOCATIONS

Oceania

APPLICATIONS

Building Envelope , Sports

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