MPavilion is an ongoing initiative of the Naomi Milgrom Foundation, which is dedicated to bringing exceptional art, architecture and design to the lives of Australians. Supported by the City of Melbourne and the State Government of Victoria through Creative Victoria, each year the Foundation commissions an outstanding architect to design a temporary pavilion for the Queen Victoria Gardens, in the centre of Melbourne’s Southbank Arts Precinct, which are used for free performances over four months, then gifted to the people of Victoria.
For MPavilion 2022 (9th MPavilion), architect Rachaporn Choochuey and her team at all(zone) Studio in Bangkok, Thailand headed a group including ZILKA studio, AECOM and frequent Ronstan structural design partner Tensys to develop the canopy materials and structural canopy design, as well as oversee construction. Ronstan customer, Oasis Tension Structures, fabricated the uppermost roof layer of fishing net as well as the bottom “waffle” layer of coloured fabrics. In between, another Ronstan customer, Mak Max, fabricated a high translucency and weatherproof roof utilizing the experimental STFE fabric from Serge Ferrari, before at long last it was installed by Oasis under Tensys’ supervision.
This highly innovative roof structure presents a structural system that is light, strong, and is able to resist the environmental forces of wind and rain, the whole combination woven together with Robline Ocean 3000 Dyneema® ropes and Ronstan Soft Links to reveal an example of lightweight fabric architecture of unique texture and form.