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Cumulus Studio:Protagonist咖啡馆通过吸引路过的人群,加强了剧院在街头的存在感,并创造了一个与墨尔本艺术中心有关的新的游客体验。 具体来说,该设计利用了剧院幕布这一标志性的、被普遍认知的元素,作为代表“开放”和“关闭”的装置; 采用舞台塔/网格形式为组织建筑设施带来了一个熟悉的、实用的和适应性强的策略;最后,现代投影技术为广告、公共艺术创造了机会,并切实将剧院带到街头。

Cumulus Studio:The Protagonist cafe creates an opportunity for the theatre to have a presence on the street by engaging with the passing public and creating a new visitor experience relating to the Arts Centre Melbourne brand. Specifically, the design plays on the iconic and universally understood element of the theatre curtain as a device to signify ‘open’ and ‘closed’; the adoption of the fly tower/grid form creates a familiar, functional, and adaptable strategy for organising building services, and finally; the contemporary projection technologies create opportunities for advertising, public art and literally bringing the theatre to the street.


© Sean Fennessy
© Sean Fennessy


▽项目视频  The video



In the morning, the curtain is raised to the desired form (fully open in summer, partially closed for private events) and is a visible, welcoming symbol that it is open from afar. At night, the curtains are lowered and locked to create a secure compound. The lowered curtain creates a veil which can be used for art projection, marketing and branding of upcoming ACM events, and lighting to activate the precinct at night.


© Sean Fennessy
© Sean Fennessy
© Sean Fennessy
© Sean Fennessy


虽然青铜色的幕帘直接引用了ACM塔的颜色,但材料本身却不太为人所熟悉。Kaynemaile是一种聚碳酸酯链条网,是一种安全、防火和抗紫外线的产品,最初是为《指环王》电影服装的锁子甲开发的 。这种青铜幕帘具有抵挡恶劣天气、透光、允许自然空气流动的作用,同时也创造了一个独特而有凝聚力的设计形式,将建筑设施掩藏其中。

While the bronze curtain colour is a direct reference to ACM tower, the material itself is something less familiar. Kaynemaile, a polycarbonate chainmail mesh, is a secure, fire and UV resistant product originally developed as chainmail for the Lord of the Rings movie costumes. The bronze screen provides weather protection for the cafe, welcomes dappled light within the interior and allows for natural air flow, while creating a singular and cohesive design form that discretely hides building services.


© Sean Fennessy
© Sean Fennessy
© Sean Fennessy



The roof structure takes cues from the fly tower / grid of theatre stages to create a playful and flexible approach to suspending services in an unlimited arrangement. Heaters, lights, speakers, projectors, signage, etc. can all be located and adjusted over time to be where most practical. Lighting bars also enable the space to be used for events and seamlessly adjust for seasonal changes in daylight.


© Sean Fennessy
© Sean Fennessy
© Sean Fennessy



In analysing the monumental architectural context, we have created a single statement that responds, although is of a completely different scale, to the surrounds. In doing so the design takes a similar architecture approach to the adjacent buildings, each of which have a solid grounding element complemented by a sculptural or grand facade gesture (the NGV arch, the ACM spire, etc.). While the form responds to the scale of the context, the materiality expresses a lightness which reflects its temporary nature that contrasts with the heavy masonry of the permanent public buildings.


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▽场地平面图 Site plan

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▽咖啡馆平面图  Cafa floor plan

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▽咖啡馆立面图 Elevation

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▽咖啡馆剖面图 Section

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地址:澳大利亚 维多利亚州 墨尔本
设计团队:Keith Westbrook、Rosella Sciurti、Jet O’Rourke
摄影师:Sean Fennessy
规划师:Ethos Urban
制图:The Assembly
完成时间:2019 年 11 月

Address: 100 St Kilda Rd Melbourne Kulin Nation Victoria, Australia, 3004
Cumulus team: Keith Westbrook, Rosella Sciurti, Jet O’Rourke
Photographer: Sean Fennessy
Builder: Primebuild
Structural Engineer: Argall
Services Engineer: Erbas
Planner: Ethos Urban
Heritage Advisor: Trethowan
Graphics: The Assembly
Completed: November 2019
Area: Total 90m2




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