In the heart of Melbourne’s CBD, Little Bourke Street is home to the city’s Chinatown cultural precinct, which runs between Exhibition and Russell Streets. As part of a program to upgrade significant laneways with public art, new landscaping and improved lighting, Little Bourke Street was revitalised with the installation of a decorative and functional catenary lighting system. The system was designed to enhance the character of the precinct with unique Chinese lanterns, down lights and other iconography.
The Linear Grid Catenary suspended from buildings along the street utilises stainless steel rectangular frames spaced equidistantly to hold the grid form, while permitting the suspension cables to connect to buildings at different heights depending on the availability of structural connection points. The system enabled the de-clutter of the streetscape and provides a stable platform for the suspension of permanent lighting and seasonal festive decorations.