Conservatorium of Music, Melbourne
Stainless Steel Cables for Barrier System, Melbourne, Australia
The award-winning Melbourne Conservatorium of Music project features a strong and secure barrier system throughout its open, three-storey atrium. The use of Jakob stainless-steel cables allows natural light and improved air circulation and makes activities within the building more accessible and visible to those outside as well as inside.
The project was undertaken by Tensile Design & Construct, (Jakob’s partner in Australia), whose role was to design, supply and install a near transparent safety barrier system over the full span of the multi-storey atrium. This was made possible by installing a sequence of Jakob 5mm cables running vertically across all levels, providing the atrium with an open design, and promoting the connection within the community of the conservatorium.
The 5mm stainless-steel cables and corresponding components were dyed black to integrate into the designer’s colour accents, as well as to echo the interior design finishes. The result is a vertical fall prevention system that is almost invisible and yet at the same time, meets the relevant safety requirements. The full-height cables are completely anti-climbable, which means the space can be used safely without the risk of injury.
Designing and installing the safety system however came with certain challenges; particularly the fact that the centre of the atrium is not uniform and changes shape at different points. To address this, Tensile had to design the wire rope cables to move and be separated between floor levels, using the cables inherent flexibility to adapt to shape variations and enhance the design of the building. Other translucent fall prevention systems such as glass would not have been suitable due to their rigidity and inflexibility.
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