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PROJECT DATA
TYPE TEMPORARY, THEATRE, DESIGN-BUILD
LOCATION DARLING HARBOUR, SYDNEY, AU
CLIENT LANE COVE COUNCIL
DATE 2017
WITH CLIFTON PRODUCTIONS (SCAFFOLD)
STRONGHOLD HIRE
(SHRINKWRAP)
TEAM DAVE PIGRAM
IAIN MAXWELL
PAULA VIGEANT
RAINY HUANG
IMAGES JAMES MELSOM
DAVE PIGRAM

Shrinkwrap Theatre

International Convention Centre, Sydney, NSW, Au


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A pop-up theatre with a unique form resulting directly from the behaviour of a unique material system. 





This pop-up theatre as a part of the ‘Design Build’ Expo at the International Convention Centre [ICC] in Sydney speculates on the space making possibilities of a material process that is typically used for the preservation of boats.

Conceived as a sculptural forum, the interior of the pavilion explores tension-active forms made possible by the heat shrink process itself through the strategic placement of shape modifying props - scaffold poles and ropes - complimented by scene lighting. The resulting surface becomes embedded with details of the underlying scaffold, ridges and creases from the ropes and buttons from the poles. The play of light on the plastic wrap is accentuated by both the form and the variable reflectivity of the material itself resulting from surface tension and shrinkage.

More than 99% of the structure [by weight] consists of standard re-usable construction scaffolding. As such, the project addresses the immense issue of waste typically produced by the convention and expo sector.

Scaffolding Plus
A simple perimeter scaffold is modified with the minimal addition of strategically placed rods and ropes.
 
Drape
The pre-shrunk wrap is unfurled over the elemental volume below.
 


 
Corner
The connection details of the scaffold beneath produce a unique abstract tectonic.
 




Entry

The red glow of the interior entices Design Build attendees to discover what’s inside.

Drone View
Peaking over the perimiter reveals the all red lining of this room within a room.
The 1mm skin delivers the impression of a massive and monolithic protective enclosure.