Royal Melbourne Regiment Drill Hall
The Royal Melbourne Regiment Drill Hall is a beautiful old art deco building in the city we love to live in. In collaboration with ICON Co and MGS Architects, we created four oversized feature pendants that truly define scale.
The designer came to us with a concept, then it was over to us to work out the best method for building four lights over ten metres in length. In many ways, our experience in project management and problem solving helped us deal with problems on the fly – knowing that whenever we weren’t onsite working on the finished piece, we were only a phone call away. We’re proud to know that dealing with an Australian designer and manufacturer with local support is where a lot of our clients’ confidence comes from. Installing 10m pendant lights is bound to have a few challenges, but fortunately for us Drill Hall is a big room, so scaffolding was built to ensure we could get up close and make sure we didn’t miss a thing.
We were involved in the project early in the reconstruction phase to ensure seamless integration of our products in the building – all whilst working in Drill Hall amongst the builders’ teams ensuring both project teams had all the space and access they needed. A long lead-time allowed us to build prototypes and refine the product design. With the lights being the centerpiece of Drill Hall, every detail mattered and such impressive pieces needed equally impressive fabric. Working with MSG Architects we sourced the right fabric from Europe, one that would help reflect the building’s era whilst creating the desired illumination effect.
The Royal Melbourne Regiment Drill Hall project was as an exercise in problem solving, scale, and authoritative pieces. The finished product makes the term ‘oversize’ seem like an understatement.