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the finished
[ PROJECT ]
STRUCTURE
The Link
Melbourne, Australia
DESIGN
Make Architects
INSTALLATION
MakMax Australia
FABRIC
THV-coated PTFE fabric
The Link
W
hen the five-star Hotel Chadstone was built
in Melbourne, Australia, developers wanted a
visually stunning way to connect the hotel to
the nearby Chadstone Shopping Centre, the largest
mall in the southern hemisphere.
They created The Link, a fabric-over-glulam
(glued and laminated) timber structure that provides
covered access for patrons between the hotel and
the retail area. From the Hotel Chadstone, a series
of high transverse timber arches create a cathedrallike
promenade that blurs the line between the
retail, commercial and leisure zones of Chadstone
shopping area. A series of escalators bring visitors
into the shopping center.
Designed by the Make architecture firm and built
by MakMax Australia, the goal was to complement the
shopping center's existing vaulted glass roof with an
iconic structure created with timber arches, covered
with a semi-translucent tensile fabric membrane.
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The Link is an idyllic walkway that replaces part of a
multi-level car park and creates a more accessible,
engaging entrance to the Chadstone retail area.
At 328 feet, the walkway is slightly shorter than
a football field and is about 50 feet high. It is covered
by nearly 600 feet of high-translucency THV-coated
PTFE fabric. PTFE is entirely hydrophobic, so water
cannot pass through this synthetic material.
The combination of the high-translucency fabric
and the light finish of the glulam timber provides a
sense of openness, while maintaining architectural
continuity between the hotel and the mall. With open
sides that eliminate the need for air conditioning, the
structure optimizes light transmission and diffusion,
while protecting visitors from the weather.
MakMax Australia was honored with an Award
for Excellence by the Specialised Textiles Association
in Australia and received a 2021 IFAI IAA Award
of Excellence.

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