Pam from Grimshaw asked if we had time to come in and help work up a proposal to The City of Melbourne for the build of the Melbourne Knowledge Week Hub. The project was appealing as it was to be a true collaboration where our expertise in unusual builds would be really challenged. Grimshaw put together a kick ass presentation within a very short amount of time and we were invited to join the pitch meeting at Council House. Dave asked “Meat Market - that’s a busy venue right? What’s the instal time?” Council “Ah yes - you have 1 day to instal” Oh OK! So once we got the gig there was about 12 weeks to put it all together. The limited instal time really was going to dictate the design. We had a great time working with Grimshaw, Arup, Swinburne School of Design, The Meat Market & City of Melbourne participating in workshops, testing different materials & methods, projection tests and working out how to get everything ready for the tight instal. We ended up buying a stack of giant nets from a vineyard net supplier in SA as the fruit nets from Bunnings were way too small and we would have spent hours sewing them together - the main space we had to cover was 30m long!
Come instal time we were feeling pretty confident especially after good tests in our workshop. On the day we had 8 in our crew working 18 hours on a Sunday and we managed to get it all up without too many hassles. One of the scissors blew up early on but other than that everything went to plan and everyone was thrilled to bits. The final result looked quite incredible! There’s a short film here that shows the process.